result
16th Match, Pool B (D/N), Brisbane, Feb 25 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(49.2/50 ov)279/8
Ireland won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match

9.50pm Whew. What a match that was. I'll say it again. What. A. Match. More of this, 2015 World Cup. More of this. I'm off now, to breathe a little, and have a soothing pot of tea. Thoroughly enjoyed bringing you this game, hope you enjoyed following it too. Until next time, it's bye bye!

James: "99.2 overs bowled. 557 runs, 17 wickets. What more could you want?"

Moazam: "so Pakistan have to wait for Zim vs Ire match to decide whether they can qualify for the quarter-finals or not." -- And they'll also have to beat those two teams, and UAE as well, and maybe South Africa too.

Paul Price: "Hardly a cricket fan in the world could have been unimpressed by that. Games like that are a tribute to cricket, and proof that the game is on the up in the so-called smaller nations. So why have a smaller World Cup? We need to have countries like IRE and UAE showcase their skills on an international stage."

Samrat Ahuja: "Sample this scenario , last ball of the match and one run to win or tie for the batting side. Stuck on the pads, they try to steal a leg bye, umpire raises his finger! Batsman takes a review, and is adjudged not out, but since ball is dead after the umpire raises his finger, will they count the run taken by batsmen, will they repeat the ball again, or will the batting team declared as losing team?" -- It might well happen, Samrat. I dread to imagine the fallout of that!

William Porterfield (this is how best I could transcribe his thick Irish accent): "Closer than we'd have wanted, but we'll take a win any day of the week. Helped to have wickets in hand, especially when you have Gary Wilson and Kev coming in at the end. It was nice to get a win here, games will start coming thicker and faster, just have to keep up the performances." Fan question: Key factor in winning? "Scoring more runs than them."

Mohammad Tauqir: "Shaiman played a superb knock, to go from 130 for 6 to 280, the credit goes to him, brilliant innings. Both of them [him and Javed] played superbly. We know they are very good batsmen, especially Shaiman, coming lower down the order, and he proved it today. We bowled well up to 35 overs, and later on there was dew and the ball became wet, and it was a very good batting wicket and they batted well and it went to the wire."

Ben: "Gee wiz, could've given Anwar the MoM, he did make a ton after all."

Abhishek Ranjan: "I wish the bails had fallen."

Mike: "Well done Ireland: there's nothing like a mild heart attack to make lunch a bit more tasty! Our ability to make it difficult for ourselves knows no bounds, and our net run rate probably means we need two more wins to secure a quarter final place now, but two from two ain't bad. Superb innings from Gary. And as for Kevin: I'm old enough to remember when 50 from 24 balls was a big deal!"

Gary Wilson is the man of the match: "I've batted a lot with Kev, both at the county and the international level, and we dovetailed well together. We want four wins, all we can do is take each game as it comes."

Ankit: "I kinda feel sad for UAE. They have made good totals in both their matches. Started excellently with the ball, but in the end, one or two men snatch victory away from them. Last time it was Sean Williams, this time Wilson and O'Brien."

9.34pm A win by two wickets, with four balls remaining. This has undoubtedly been the match of the tournament. UAE were hamstrung (quite literally) by the injury to Guruge, but Ireland's middle and lower order had the experience and brought all of it to the fore in chasing down this tricky total. The UAE attack bowled brilliantly, but the efforts of Wilson and O'Brien took Ireland over the line in the end, just about. Ten teams at the next World Cup? No scope for a match like this then.

49.2
2
Naveed to Dockrell, 2 runs

short ball, angling into the body, and Ireland have won it! He went for the uppercut, miscued it, but who cares? Cover turned around and hared back desperately to try and catch it, but that was always falling a long way away from him

49.1
1
Naveed to Cusack, 1 run

backs away and slaps the full ball to mid-off. Goes for the single, and the throw from mid-off misses at the bowler's end. He was nowhere in the picture!

Mohammad Naveed to defend three runs off the final over. Alex Cusack on strike.

end of over 497 runs
IRE: 276/8CRR: 5.63 RRR: 3.00 • Need 3 runs from 6b
George Dockrell5 (4)
Alex Cusack4 (5)
Amjad Javed10-0-60-3
Mohammad Naveed9-1-62-2
48.6
Javed to Dockrell, no run

backs away and looks to work it away through the leg side and it moves in a touch and hits him on the front pad

Down to three runs now, from seven balls. Ireland's to lose

48.5
4
Javed to Dockrell, FOUR runs

slower ball, and Dockrell has smashed that over extra cover. Wasn't a bad ball in theory, but he'd moved away from the line and was in the perfect position to swing his arms through that lofted drive

48.4
1
Javed to Cusack, 1 run

slower ball, full, outside off, smacked back down the ground and it ricochets into the cover region off the bowler's palm

48.3
2
Javed to Cusack, 2 runs

low full-toss outside off, and he swings at it and swipes it away through square leg. Tauqir kicks it away while sliding to field it, and ends up conceding a second

48.2
Javed to Cusack, no run

length ball outside off, straightens a touch after pitching. Cusack swings at it with no footwork and is nowhere near connecting

I'm losing track of who's on strike.

48.1
Javed to Cusack, no run

and he produces the perfect yorker first ball. Base of middle stump, and he jabs it down the ground but can only hit the stumps at the other end. Bowler dived and nearly got a fingertip on it. Not sure if the non-striker was in his crease

10 off 12. Amjad Javed to bowl.

Avi: "Ball becomes dead only if upmire gives out, which was the case in Aus vs Eng match" You're probably right, Avi. I'm too flustered to think at the moment :)

end of over 4810 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 269/8CRR: 5.60 RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 runs from 12b
Alex Cusack1 (1)
George Dockrell1 (2)
Mohammad Naveed9-1-62-2
Amjad Javed9-0-53-3
47.6
1
Naveed to Cusack, 1 run

full now, angling into middle and leg. He pokes it towards short midwicket and they set off for the single. The fielder underarms it at the bowler;s end and misses, and that, I think, would have been out had he hit with a clean throw. He ended up flicking it out of his fingertips

47.5
1
Naveed to Dockrell, 1 run

was that another drop? Not too much room for the cut and he sliced it to the left of backward point. Rohan Mustafa dived and, yup, it bounced a good six inches short of him

47.4
Naveed to Dockrell, no run

back of a length, angling in, tucking him up for room. Looks to dab it past short third man, hits it straight to him

George Dockrell. He can bat, but this is immense pressure.

47.3
W
Naveed to Wilson, OUT

and UAE are back in it! that's a short ball angling into his body, and he leans away to guide it past short third man, but he ends up hitting it too close to him, and Javed dives forward and takes a super low catch

Gary Wilson c Amjad Javed b Mohammad Naveed 80 (101m 69b 9x4 0x6) SR: 115.94
47.2
4
Naveed to Wilson, FOUR runs

another one wide outside off, this one's a slower ball, and he hits that so hard it nearly decapitates the umpire, who falls to his right, out of the way, just in time. It went well over his head, on replay, but he still got into the crouching seagull position to get out of the way

47.1
4
Naveed to Wilson, FOUR runs

bad ball with mid-off in the circle. It's full and wide, and that's plenty of swinging room for Wilson to hit up and over that fielder

Also, I'm not sure Ireland should have got the leg-bye on that reviewed lbw. Ball should have become dead at the point of the appeal, no?

end of over 473 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 259/7CRR: 5.51 RRR: 6.67 • Need 20 runs from 18b
Gary Wilson72 (66)
Amjad Javed9-0-53-3
Mohammad Naveed8-1-52-1
46.6
W
Javed to Mooney, OUT

another twist. Mooney looks to lap-sweep a full ball on off stump, ends up hitting it awkwardly over his own shoulder, and Amjad Ali, backtracking from short fine leg, takes a well-judged catch

John Mooney c Amjad Ali b Amjad Javed 2 (14m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
46.5
1lb
Javed to Wilson, 1 leg bye

plants his front foot across to lap-sweep, and Amjad hits him on the pad with a full one. Bit appeal as it rolls away towards short fine leg, not given. They've decided to review, but I think that struck him outside the line... wait, no! That hit him not on the pad but on the thigh, and that may well have been in line with off stump. In line with off and middle, aaaaand... wait for it... clipping the bails! Umpire's call again! Not the first time this is happening at this World Cup. So much drama!

46.4
Javed to Wilson, no run

back of a length outside off, and Wilson, coming down the track and making room, slashes and misses. The crowd goes 'ohhhhhh'.

Less than 6000 people at the ground but they're making a hell of a noise, clapping in rhythm to the bowler's run-up. This is brilliant stuff.

46.3
1
Javed to Mooney, 1 run

full on leg stump, clipped away to long leg

46.2
Javed to Mooney, no run

and he's beaten him three balls out of three. Length ball outside off, and it straightens just a touch. Mooney goes for the big hit over mid-off and is nowhere near connecting

around the wicket to Mooney

46.1
1
Javed to Wilson, 1 run

slower ball on a length outside off, slapped towards cover point

David Clark: "I'm sitting here in Perth, Australia, with no TV access to the game because I refuse to get Foxtel. I won't serve up tea, because I am hooked on your text about this game. Well done both teams, and really well done cricinfo and whoever is prodding text."