Player of the Match
Player of the Match


Ed Joyce is the Man of the Match: "Good wicket to bat on. Got another big game in 2 days. Paul is a massive player for us and it's important we get him back. Our bowling is doing a good job."

Porterfield: "Very pleasing to limit them to 120 on that pitch. Paul is fine. We know if we beat Netherlands we are through. Doesn't bother me that I didn't get the Man of the Match (smiles)."

Khurram Khan: "I thought it was a below par score, about 25-30 runs short. There's a lot to learn from here, looking forward to the last game. Want to give Zimbabwe a run for their money."

That's it from us here. Thanks for your company today. More games tomorrow. Cheers!

10.45pm: It's official now. It's called off. Ireland have won this game by 21 runs by D/L method.

Ireland move to the top of Group B. There was a minor stutter but Ireland were always coasting home. Please stay with us for the presentation.

Ahaan: "This is just not good enough to host a world tournament. I wonder how this tournament will progress. Floodlight failure every few matches is not acceptable."

10.35pm: The lights are slowly coming back on but it is still raining.

The D/L target is 82 for 3 after 14.2 overs. Ireland are ahead and will win if there is no play.

Baundule: "It is raining with strong wind. Power shutdown during storm is very common in Bangladesh. This is done in order to avoid accidents. This time they have probably pressed the wrong switch."

10.25pm: And now it's raining! The covers are in.

Just informed that if play's delayed or suspended, play can be extended by a maximum of 30 minutes.

So that's two floodlight failures in the space of 13 minutes. Imagine if they had all gone off when the ball was sailing into a thickly populated stand.

"This after asking fertiliser companies to stop production to divert electricity for the cricket," says Abhishek, at the ground.

Ahmed Raza to Wilson, 1 run, 10.23pm he paddles it to fine leg and the lights have taken a break again! What's going on here, seriously? This must be rather embarassing for the organisers
Ahmed Raza to Porterfield, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works it to the on side

14 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 101/3 | RR: 7.21

  • William Porterfield32 (34b)
  • Amjad Javed3-0-18-1
  • Sharif Asadullah3-0-21-2

10.20pm: Just informed that the lights are almost at full intensity now. Yup, and the batsmen are getting ready. Wilson joins Porterfield. And there's a dust storm as well!

Toby Pearl: "Even the floodlights have given up on UAE."

10.10pm: And the flood lights have gone off! Abhishek Purohit, our man at the ground informs that the power just came back to the press box and grandstand. And as I write the floodlight towers are slowly coming back on

Amjad Javed to Poynter, OUT, timber! UAE are hitting back but is it too late? Full credit to Javed here, this was a lovely inswinging yorker that would have made his coach Aqib Javed proud, Poynter was beaten for movement, played all around it and failed to get his bat down, the ball brushes his pad first, the leg stump lands a couple of yards back

AD Poynter b Amjad Javed 4 (4m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Amjad Javed to Poynter, no run, and follows that up with a false shot, this was not shirt enough to cut and he was beaten
Amjad Javed to Poynter, FOUR runs, that was in the slot for him! This was pitched up further and gave him the width he needed to bash that along the ground wide of mid-off and cover
Amjad Javed to Poynter, no run, gets it to shape away again, Poynter pokes his bat out at it
Amjad Javed to Poynter, no run, this one moves away and beats him, Poynter looked a bit lost there as he nearly edged it
Amjad Javed to Porterfield, 1 run, good length on leg and he tucks it to square leg

13 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | IRE: 96/2 | RR: 7.38

  • William Porterfield31 (33b)
  • Sharif Asadullah3-0-21-2
  • Kamran Shazad3-0-28-0

Shenzy, Dublin: "Another great and nice step ahead for Irish cricket. Competing with the gaelic games, football and rugby, cricket always comes a poor fifth in Ireland. Hope the interest in cricket increases with these wins..Well done to the lads in green and hope they see it off soon!!"

Sharif Asadullah to O'Brien, OUT, another wicket gifted away! This was only a fractionally short and he swiveled and pulled it towards deep square leg, the fielder takes it quite close to the rope, O'Brien knew he was in trouble the moment it left the bat

KJ O'Brien c Shetty b Sharif Asadullah 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sharif Asadullah to O'Brien, no run, it's a fast and full delivery and he drives down the track
Sharif Asadullah to Porterfield, 1 run, fires it full and he drills it down to long-off
Sharif Asadullah to Joyce, OUT, Joyce gifts his wicket away, this was banged in short and he fetched it from outside off and looked to pull in front of square, Khurram back-pedalled and took the catch at midwicket

EC Joyce c Khurram Khan b Sharif Asadullah 43 (41m 38b 4x4 1x6) SR: 113.15

Sharif Asadullah to Joyce, 2 runs, this was full and wide and he drives wide of cover, the fielder at deep cover does very well to slide and cut it off
Sharif Asadullah to Porterfield, 1 run, slower ball and he gets forward and pushes it down to long-off
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