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Ireland edges ahead

After being dismissed for 492, the defending champion reduced UAE to 202 for 8 at stumps on Day 2

Ireland edges ahead - Cricket News
Ireland continued its good form on the second day of its Intercontinental Cup match at the The Village in Malahide, Dublin on Wednesday (June 3), as it reduced United Arab Emirates to 202 for 8 after making 492.
 
Overnight at 420 for 3, Ireland lost its last seven wickets for 72 runs, but the bowlers led by Craig Young and John Mooney – who picked up three wickets each – ensured that the home team remained in charge of the proceedings.
 
The day started with Amjad Javed trapping Ed Joyce in front of the wicket for 231.
 
Joyce added just two runs to his overnight score and after his dismissal, UAE made a strong comeback through Javed, who recorded the third four-wicket haul of his career.
 
Kevin O’Brien made a brisk 29 as Ireland batted out 24.3 overs in the morning.
 
UAE’s innings started on a cautious note as Amjad Ali made 1 off 31 deliveries before Mooney had him caught at midwicket. Asif Iqbal, the other opener, and Saqib Ali tried to resurrect the innings with a stand of 57 runs, but both of them departed in a space of two overs.
 
Young bowled Asif for 43 and then trapped Saqib in front of the wicket for 27.
 
Ten overs later, Ireland managed another two-wicket burst as Mooney accounted for Khurram Khan (24) and Swapnil Patil (30) in a space of a few deliveries.
 
Fayyaz Ahmed, Javed and Mohammad Tauqir, the captain, did not last long as UAE was reduced to 162 for 8, and faced the threat of being bowled out within the day’s play. That prospect was, however, averted by Shaiman Anwar’s unbeaten 52 and his unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 45 runs with Mohammad Naveed.
 
Anwar, the only batsman from the associate nations to score more than 300 runs in the last ICC Cricket World Cup, opened his account with two fours off Tim Murtagh and another off Mooney. After that, he slowed down his tempo but managed to collect a total of eight fours and a six by the end of the day’s play.
 
UAE need another 136 runs to avoid the follow-on against the defending champion, and much would depend on Anwar to do the rescuing act. Ireland, on the other hand, would be keen to remain dominant and start its campaign on a winning note.

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