UAE script stunning comeback to level series

United Arab Emirates 133 for 7 (Patil 31, Rankin 3-17) beat Ireland 128 for 9 (Porterfield 72, Shahzad 2-10) by five runs

United Arab Emirates completed a stunning comeback to defend 133 against Ireland and level the two-match series 1-1, in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 134 for victory, Ireland were coasting at 91 for 1 after 12.4 overs, before losing their way.

William Porterfield was run out in the penultimate over, for a 60-ball 72, with Ireland still requiring 13 off 10 but not more than a run-a-ball was conceded thereafter. Mohammad Shahzad, tasked with defending nine off the final over, gave away just three.

The chase looked like a canter with openers Porterfield and Paul Stirling adding 61 off 36 balls. However, Ireland crumbled after losing wickets in clusters. Save the top three, no other batsman crossed 5. Mohammad Naveed, Ahmed Raza and Shahzad were all economical and picked up two wickets apiece.

UAE posted a total of 133 for 7 on the back of Swapnil Patil's 37-ball 31 and a host of cameos. Captain Amjed Javed provided the required impetus towards the end with a brisk 19. Boyd Rankin was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 17, while Max Sorensen returned figures of 4-0-16-2.

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st61WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
2nd30WTS PorterfieldSW Poynter
3rd1GC WilsonWTS Porterfield
4th12NJ O'BrienWTS Porterfield
5th5WTS PorterfieldA Balbirnie
6th5WTS PorterfieldSR Thompson
7th7WTS PorterfieldGH Dockrell
8th5GH DockrellMC Sorensen
9th0TJ MurtaghGH Dockrell
10th2TJ MurtaghWB Rankin