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Monday 18 December 2017

Ireland's thrilling comeback stuns UAE in Cricket World Cup

Kevin O'Brien of Ireland bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia
Kevin O'Brien of Ireland bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia
Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien plays a shot during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Gabba in Brisbane on February 25, 2015
United Arab Emirates (UAE) wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil (R) looks as Ireland batsman Gary Wilson plays a shot during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Gabba in Brisbane on February 25, 2015
Ireland batsman Gary Wilson plays a shot during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Gabba in Brisbane on February 25, 2015

Ireland were bailed out by a giant slice of fortune and big innings from Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien as they beat the United Arab Emirates in a thriller at the Gabba.

After their stunning opening win over the West Indies in Pool B at the World Cup, Ireland looked to be deep in trouble this time against supposedly inferior opposition.

But 80 from man of the match Wilson and a spectacular 25-ball innings of exactly 50 from the destructive O'Brien spurred Ireland to a two-wicket victory, reaching their target of 279 with four balls to spare.

Early in the innings, former England batsman Ed Joyce incredibly survived a delivery striking his off stump, when the bails bounced and shuffled but landed immaculately back in place in their groove.

Left-hander Joyce was 16 not out and went on to make 37, crucial runs come the end of the game for Ireland as they made it two wins from two matches so far.

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