Ireland beat the United Arab Emirates by 21 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method at the World Twenty20 on Wednesday after a game that was cut short by rain and also being twice interrupted by power failures.
Ireland was cruising at 103-3 in the 15th over of the Group B qualifier when the floodlights went out for a second time in 13 minutes — and the rain came down.
Ed Joyce made 43 off 38 balls while captain William Porterfield was unbeaten on 33 before rain stopped further play.
The two seasoned Ireland batsmen took the total to 95 after Paul Stirling was struck on the elbow by a short pitched delivery of Sharif Asadullah in the first over and had to retire hurt in the next over with the total on 15.
UAE hit back in the closing stages with three wickets in the space of six runs, but by that time the outcome was all but decided. “It was very pleasing to limit them to 120 on that pitch,” Porterfield said. “Paul is fine and we know if we beat Netherlands we are through.”
UAE was earlier restricted to 123-6 with Paul Stirling claiming 2-12 and Kevin O’Brien dismissing top scorer Shaiman Anwar (30) and Amjad Javed (19). Ireland defeated Zimbabwe in its opening match and is now the favorite to advance after its last qualifier against the Netherlands on Friday.
Brief scores: Ireland103-3 in 14.2 overs (Ed Joyce 43, William Porterfield 33 not out; Sharif Asadullah 2-21) def. UAE 123-6 (Shaiman Anwar 30, Amjad Ali 20; Paul Stirling 2-12, Kevin O’Brien 2-17)
Zimbabwe keep hopes alive
Earlier in another Group B match, Zimbabwe kept alive their hopes of reaching the next stage after Vusi Sibanda’s last ball six helped them pip Netherlands by five wickets. Tom Cooper struck an unbeaten 72 and featured in two half-century stands to help Netherlands overcome a wobbly start and post a competitive 140-5.
Netherlands captain Peter Borren himself did little to justify his decision to bat first, virtually gifting Prosper Utseya his wicket with a rash shot and his departure left the Dutch side reeling at 35-4 in the fifth over. Tom Cooper first rebuilt the innings with a 52-run stand with brother Ben Cooper (20) and then counter-attacked, adding 53 with Mudassar Bukhari (14 not out).
Tom’s 58-ball knock contained one six and nine fours, the final being an amazing improvised shot as he switched stance to scoop a slow bouncer from Tinashe Panyangara to help it to the ropes.
Zimbabwe were going steady in their chase at 85-1 in 13 overs before Pieter Seelar dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (43) and the scoreless Elton Chigumbura in the same over to peg them back.
Captain Brendan Taylor (49) fell at a crucial juncture and needing one run off the last three balls, Sean Williams failed to score off the fourth delivery and ran himself out in the fifth. Sibanda kept his cool, however, and belted the final Ahsan Malik delivery for a six to keep his side in the hunt to progress to the super 10 stage.
Brief scores: Netherlands 140 for 5 in 20 overs ( T Cooper 72, B Cooper 20, P Utseya 2/24, N Mushangwe 1/24) lost to zimbabwe 146/5 in 20 overs.(H Masakadza 43, B Taylor 49, S Williams 26, P Seelar 2/9) by 5 wickets
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