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Porterfield stars as Ireland wins big

Ireland captain scores unbeaten 69-ball 127 to help beat USA by 75 runs

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William Porterfield scored an unbeaten 69-ball 127 to help Ireland beat USA by 75 runs.
Ireland captain William Porterfield smashed an unbeaten century as Ireland beat the United States of America by 75 runs in Match 31 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (November 20) and remained unbeaten in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

After winning the toss, USA’s decision to field backfired. By the time Paul Stirling (25) was bowled by Karan Ganesh, Ireland had already put on 94 for the opening wicket off just 8.1 overs. Following brief contributions from Kevin O’Brien (18) and Trent Johnston (7), John Mooney joined Porterfield in the middle and the two put on an unbroken 65-run stand for the fourth wicket off just 27 balls to boost the total to 216 for 3. Mooney scored 32 off 13 balls, hitting two fours and as many sixes, while Porterfield’s 69-ball 127 included 12 fours and five sixes. 

Left-arm spinner Danial Ahmed was the pick of USA’s bowlers, returning figures of 2 for 30 in four overs. 

USA got off to a powerful start in its chase, putting on 30 runs for the opening wicket in three overs. After Steven Taylor’s (17) dismissal in the first delivery of the fourth over, Timroy Allen (20) joined Akeem Dodson (27) for a brief second wicket stand of 27 runs. After Allen holed out off Stirling in the seventh over, Ireland’s bowlers made regular inroads. A lack of any good partnership thereafter stalled USA’s progress and it was bowled out for 141.

Ireland’s bowlers came up with a collective effort to undo USA. Stirling’s off-breaks fetched him figures of 3 for 25 in four overs and he was the pick of the bowlers. He did find plenty of support from the rest of the attack, with George Dockrell, John Mooney and Max Sorensen chipping in with two wickets each.

Afterwards, Porterfield said it was good to win by a huge margin. “Most pleasing thing is that we got a convincing win,” he said. “Our last three matches have been close so it was nice to come out and put up a comprehensive performance.”

Porterfield was also pleased by his team’s ability to accelerate the scoring rate early on. “It was very pleasing to go out and strike the ball cleanly,” he said. “It has been a pretty good deck and stadium so it was quite pleasing to strike the ball from the outset.”

Porterfield, however, wasn’t surprised by USA’s decision to bowl first. “I don’t think the deck is ever going to change too much, it was obviously used yesterday and again today,” he said. “We were looking to bat first on it. It was not a massive decision though. Obviously you have to put runs on the board and post a good total on good deck and still have to chase it down. Luckily we managed to put on a huge total on board and restricted them to 141 which is pleasing.”

Having struck his maiden century in T20 cricket, Porterfield was pleased with his own form. “I have got bit of recovering to do before I get myself nice and fit for tomorrow. It is pleasing to get a hundred in any format of the game and obviously this was my first one in T20, which is very nice and a few more in the tournament will be very pleasing,” he said.

Ireland takes on Italy in its next encounter on November 21.

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