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13-Jan-2018 15:07:00 GMT
UAE v Ireland, 2nd match, Dubai

Porterfield, Balbirnie hit tons as Ireland to win

Dubai: Captain William Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie hit centuries as Ireland beat the United Arab Emirates by 67 runs in the one-day international in Dubai.

Porterfield's 139 and Balbirnie's 102 helped Ireland post an imposing total of 301-5 in the second game of the series also involving Scotland.

Kevin O'Brien took four wickets as the hosts were always struggling to keep pace with the Ireland target.

Rameez Shahzad hit 50 before being dismissed by the recalled Andy McBrine.

After his match-winning century in Thursday's opening win over the UAE, Ed Joyce was rested for Saturday's game as Stuart Poynter came into the side while McBrine replaced paceman Boyd Rankin.

Spinner McBrine produced figures of 2-40 with Barry McCarthy also contributing two wickets including the closing dismissal of Mohammad Naveed (25), which saw the UAE bowled out for 234 in 48.4 overs.

Brief scores:
Ireland 301 for 5 (Porterfield 139, Balbirnie 102, Mustafa 2-65) beat United Arab Emirates 234 (Shahzad 50, K O'Brien 4-41, McBrine 2-40, McCarthy 2-49) by 67 runs

Porterfield produced his highest one-day international score as he put on 201 for the second wicket with Balbirnie, whose 109-ball knock was his first ODI century.

The duo's partnership began after Paul Stirling was dismissed for 20 after he and the skipper had put on 44 for the opening wicket.

The Irish will face Scotland on Monday and Wednesday as the teams prepare for the World Cup qualifiers in March.


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