Dubai: Skipper William Porterfield scored a century as Ireland beat the United Arab Emirates by 85 runs in Thursday's One-Day International in Dubai.
Opener Porterfield was out for 100 after striking one six and eight fours in a 116-ball innings.
Kevin O'Brien hit 69 and his wicketkeeper brother Niall 33 as Ireland were dismissed for 270 with three balls of the 50 overs remaining.
Rohan Mustafa scored 43 as the United Arab Emirates were all out for 185.
Spinner George Dockrell claimed three wickets with two each for Peter Chase and Andrew McBrine.
The sides meet again in another one-day game on Saturday and then Ireland travel to Greater Noida in India for nine matches against Afghanistan across three different formats.
For UAE, Zahoor Khan (6-34) first UAE player to picked up hat-trick.
After this, the game took a different turn as the initially strong side of the UAE seem to have flattered a bit. Mufti’s batting change Muhammad Usman was out for 1(5), next Rameez Shahzad came to deliver a boundary and got out on the next ball.
Amjad Javed then went on to deliver three boundaries in the next two overs. The string continued with right hand batsman, Ahmed Raza.
The uproar that Zahoor Khan created with his bowling in the first innings seemed to have dwindled with his batting in the second innings, finally to be bowled by Peter Chase at 40.2 overs, with no runs at 20 balls.
Ireland - 270 (Porterfield 100, KJ O'Brien 69, Zahoor Khan 6-34, Naveed 3-40)
United Arab Emirates - 185 (Dockrell 3-27)
Result - Ireland won by 85 runs