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UAE levels series after thrilling five-run win

Ireland loses last eight wickets for 35 runs as Porterfield’s 72 goes in vain in second T20I

UAE levels series after thrilling five-run win - Cricket News
Mohammad Naveed finished with the best figures of 2 for 16.
The United Arab Emirates pulled off a thrilling five-run win in the second and final Twenty20 international against Ireland at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dabhi on Tuesday (February 16). The win ensured UAE ended the two-matches series on level terms, with the scoreline tied at 1-1.
 
Ireland was cruising at 91 for 1 in 12.3 overs and needed another 43 runs from 45 balls, but suffered a dramatic collapse after Stuart Poynter was bowled by Ahmed Raza, losing eight wickets in the next 40 balls for the addition of 35 runs. Eventually, the Ireland innings ended at 128 for 9 after UAE had put up 133 for 7.
 
William Porterfield, the Irish captain, waged a lone battle with his 60-ball 72, but he was run out with 13 runs to get from 11 balls.
 
Ireland got off to a wonderful start thanks to Paul Stirling and Porterfield, who put on 61 runs for the first wicket in only seven overs. Stirling contributed a brisk 28 in only 19 deliveries with six boundaries.
 
Poynter joined his captain and the duo shared a 30-run stand before the former was cleaned up by Raza for 10.
 
Following Poynter's dismissal, UAE mounted a superb comeback. The bowlers chipped away at the wickets, and none of the remaining eight Ireland batsmen were able to get to double digits.


 
For UAE, Naveed finished with the best figures, picking up 2 for 16. Ahmed Raza and Mohammad Shahzad also picked up two wickets each.
 
Earlier, UAE who had won the toss and elected to bat, lost the wickets of Muhammad Kaleem and Rohan Mustafa, the openers, within the Power Play overs.
 
With his team precariously placed at 32 for 2, Shaiman Anwar came out with intent, scoring 12 off 8 balls including a six and a four, before he became Boyd Rankin's second victim. Shahzad attempted to rebuild the innings with Swapnil Patil, but he was run out by George Dockrell for 22 just as he was finding his stride.
 
From 69 for 4, it soon became 83 for 5 in the 14th over, and it looked like the home side was losing its way. Amjad Javed, the captain, joined Patil, and the two shared a 40-run partnership that pulled the team towards a respectable total. Javed was dismissed by Rankin in the 18th over for 19, and Patil fell soon after to Sorenson for 31 as UAE finished the innings with a competitive score, one that turned out to be just enough in the end.
 
Rankin was the pick of the Irish bowlers with figure of 3 for 17 in four overs.

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