Brisbane: Welcome to our live blog for this Pool B encounter between Ireland and UAE. Follow live score and all the latest updates from the match here:
Over 5 || Score 26/0
Steady start by UAE openers. Pitch is looking good for batting. Ball is hardly doing any thing. Ireland are still hunting for their first wicket.
Over 4 || Score 23/0
wicket-keeper to cross the boundary ropes. Ali has quickly moved to 16. Seven runs off the over.
Sorensen with his second over.
Over 3 || Score 16/0
Amjad Ali is looking solid in the middle. He is placing the ball in the gaps to collect two’s and three’s. Ball is coming nicely on to the bat. Eight runs have come from the over.
Mooney to continue.
Over 2 || Score 8/0
First run for UAE came from the bat of Amjad Ali, when he worked the ball through square leg for a single off the third ball of the match. Ali then dispatched Sorensen towards mid-on to hit the first boundary of the match. Bowling is not doing much. It means good line would be the key for the bowlers here.
Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger have come to the middle to open the innings for UAE while speedsters John Mooney and Max Sorensen are starting the bowling proceedings for Ireland.
Toss: And the news from the center is that Ireland have won the toss and will bowl first.
Ireland`s Kevin O`Brien has warned his side their World Cup win over the West Indies will “mean nothing” if they don`t see off the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Victory against their fellow Associate nation would leave the Irish on the brink of the quarter-finals after they started the tournament with the latest of several World Cup wins over a Test team courtesy of a four-wicket triumph against the West Indies in Nelson on February 16.
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Several members of the Ireland side play for English county teams and they will look to the likes of Middlesex`s Paul Stirling, who made 92 against the West Indies, and Sussex`s Ed Joyce, who scored 84, to carry on from where they left off in a match where Somerset left-arm spinner George Dockrell took three for 50.
Ireland and the UAE have met several times in lower-level International Cricket Council competitions in recent years and all-rounder O`Brien was impressed by the way the Middle East side nearly pulled off an upset before losing to Zimbabwe by four wickets in their opening Pool B match.
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UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir, reflecting on the Zimbabwe defeat, said: “We had quite a few positives from the game. The batters batted well and the bowlers did a decent job, but it was definitely an opportunity missed.”
The UAE`s display was all the more impressive given they are a part-time side made up of mainly expat players from India and Pakistan.
Wednesday`s match is another chance for both sides to show the strength of international cricket below Test level, with the ICC under fire for their plans to reduce the number of teams at the World Cup from 14 to 10 come the 2019 edition in England.
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Eight places will be reserved for the world`s top eight one-day international sides.
The best way to rise up the standings is to beat higher-ranked teams yet there is no obligation between this World Cup and the next for the Test nations to play teams such as Ireland and the UAE.
William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, Max Sorensen, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young
United Arab Emirates Squad
Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishnachandran Karate, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir, Nasir Aziz, Manjula Guruge, Fahad Alhashmi, Kamran Shazad, Saqlain Haider