Ireland cruises to comfortable 48-run victory over Uganda in Abu Dhabi clash
Choosing to bat first, Ireland got off to a steady start before Roger Mukasa, the right-arm medium pacer, dismissed Paul Stirling caught by Raymond Otim for 16 in the fifth over. William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, and Niall O'Brien then consolidated the innings hitting 33 and an unbeaten 35 respectively. A quickfire 27-ball 40 from Gary Wilson, batting at No. 5, took Ireland to a solid 147 for 4 in its 20 overs.
Apart from Mukasa and Otim, Charles Waiswa and Frank Nsubuga picked up one wicket each.
Uganda's chase was rattled by an early blow in the form of Arthur Ziraba, the opening batsman, being bowled out by Trent Johnston in the second over. Hamza Saleh and Arthur Kyobe spent some time in the crease for their 29-ball second-wicket partnership of 24, but once George Dockrell dismissed Kyobe for 18 in the ninth over, wickets started tumbling. Dockrell and Stirling bagged two wickets each to restrict Uganda to a meager 99 for 7.
Wilson was named the Man of the Match for his contribution with the bat as Ireland cruised to its fifth consecutive victory in the tournament.
"I just thought it was pretty good wicket to be honest. It was flat just a bit slow and low that’s why maybe the score was not too high. But great to continue with decent bit of form hopefully I can continue with it in rest of the tournament.”, said Wilson.
Uganda takes on Namibia in its next match on Sunday while Ireland and Hong Kong go head to head in the other Group A clash later in the day.
Speaking about the next match, Wilson added, "I am not going to lie, we don’t know much about them we do have them on video so we will sit down and have a look before the game. We have to study them closely as they are playing some good cricket but again we are playing well too so we will be confident going into the match."