Gary Wilson hit 80 to help Ireland to a nervy two-wicket World Cup win over the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane.
by BBC Sport
Shaiman Anwar scored a maiden ODI century as the UAE part-timers hit 147 from their last 15 overs to post 278-9.
They then pegged Ireland back to 97-4, but Kevin O’Brien (50) and Wilson put on 72 from 36 balls for the sixth wicket to help rebuild the innings.
Ireland, who have two wins from their opening two Pool B games, next face South Africa in Canberra on 3 March.
O’Brien and Wilson were both dismissed as William Porterfield’s side closed in on the target, but Brisbane-born Alex Cusack and off-spinner George Dockrell kept their nerve to lead Ireland to victory with just four balls to spare.
Ireland skipper Porterfield won the toss and chose to bowl, and his decision seemed to be vindicated as his bowlers reduced the UAE to 131-6 in the 35th over, but Shaiman (106 from 83 balls) and Amjad Javed (42 from 35 balls) put on a World Cup record seventh-wicket stand of 107 to set up a challenging total on a turning wicket.
Ireland struggled for any fluency in their reply, until O’Brien joined Wilson at the wicket in the 39th over with 108 runs still needed.
O’Brien, Wilson and John Mooney all fell in the final six overs, as the UAE sensed a first win over Ireland since 2001, but Dockrell finally wrapped up victory from the second ball of the final over when he lofted Mohammad Naveed over cover.