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Ireland enters fourth consecutive final

Max Sorensen, Tim Murtagh star with the ball as UAE falls short by 62 runs

Ireland enters fourth consecutive final - Cricket News
Ireland enter ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier finals for the third successive time.
Ireland entered the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier for the fourth consecutive time after beating the United Arab Emirates by 62 runs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday (November 29).
 
“It is great to be through to finals for the fourth straight time. It was the goal we set for ourselves before we left from Ireland, to get to the final and not only get to it but try and win it,” said William Porterfield, the Ireland captain. “Obviously we will be up against Afghanistan with whom we have played couple of keenly contested finals. We have played some great games, especially in this format. They are a great team in this format and we have shown that we can do well as well, so really looking forward to tomorrow night. 
 
“I think Afghanistan is a great team, we have faced them in last few finals of the tournament. They have been very good finals, they have played some good cricket and topped their group. We have played well as well; they have all the attributes of a good Twenty20 side so it will be a good final.” 
 
Kevin O’Brien, the explosive middle-order batsman, rose to the occasion with a 25-ball 31 to set the tone for Ireland's onslaught after it was reeling at 42 for 4 in 7.3 overs. John Mooney (29) and Trent Johnston (35) continued from where O'Brien left off as Ireland finished with 147 for 8 in 20 overs picking up 22 runs in the 18th over.
 
“We did not field really well we dropped catches and in the end it all accumulates. Nasir has been our star performer throughout the tournament. He did go for some runs in the 18th over, but it happens in this format. Most importantly you have to back your bowlers with good fielding, so if you don’t take your catches it can hurt you,” Khurram Khan, UAE’s captain said.
 
Manjula Guruje was the pick of the UAE bowlers with three wickets, while Rohan Mustafa picked up two.
 
UAE was on the back foot straightaway as Max Sorensen's triple strike upfront dented its cause. Amjad Javed (19) and Swapnil Patil (16) tried to repair the innings, but in vain. UAE's struggle was revealed by the fact that the highest partnership of the innings was of just 19 runs. 
 
Mustafa (18) and Shadeep Silva (9) offered some lower-order resistance but that only delayed the inevitable as Tim Murtagh picked up his fourth wicket in the 18th over to seal Ireland's place in the final of the Qualifier against Afghanistan - who it will be playing for the third consecutive time - on Saturday, while UAE will clash against Nepal in the third-place playoff. 
 
“We will go out with full vigour, obviously one bad match does not make us a bad team. We have been playing throughout the tournament. Whatever happened today has gone now and we will definitely work harder tomorrow and try to win the match,” said Khurram Khan.

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