Dubai: Ireland skipper William Porterfield played a captain’s knock, as he scored an commendable 76, which allowed visitors Ireland to register an 8-wicket win over hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE), in the second and final One-Day International at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground in Dubai on Saturday, as well as allowing them to also register a 2-0 series whitewash.
Apart from the skipper, it was Andy Balbrine, who too scored a healthy and unbeaten 58 to allow Ireland chase the modest total down easily. As for UAE, the bowlers could only get a couple of wickets, with Imran Haider and Zahoor Khan claiming a wicket each.
Earlier, UAE skipper Rohan Mustafa won the coin toss, and elected to bat first, as UAE were bundled for a paltry total of 202, with Shaiman Anwar being the top scorer with 48 runs, while Ireland’s Craig Young and Andy McBrine claimed three wickets each.
As for the Ireland innings, the chase began on a solid note, with the openers in the form of Porterfield and Paul Stirling putting up the opening 94-run stand, before Stirling fell for 41 to Imran Haider, after being caught by Mohammad Naveed in the 21st over.
Along with Balbrine, Porterfield also brought up his 13th ODI half-century.
However, just 57 runs later, it was Porterfeidl, who had to depart for a commendable 76, after being bowled by Zahoor Khan in the 33rd over.
It was then the pair of Balbrine and Niall O’Brien, who batted until the end, as Ireland chased the total down within 42 overs, thus registering a clean sweep over UAE.
UAE - 202 (Shaiman Anwar 48*, McBrine 3-42, Young 3-48)
Ireland - 203 for 2 (Porterfield 76, Balbirnie 58*)
Result - Ireland won by 8 wickets.