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Friday 15 December 2017

Irish ride their luck to see off UAE at death

NIALL O'Brien walloped his way to a dramatic 50 off just 25 balls to drive Ireland to another World Cup win after chasing down a big total of 278 for 9 to beat the UAE at the Gabba in Brisbane today.

Smashing sixes and fours with abandon, O'Brien (left) broke the back of dogged UAE resistance and super-charged Ireland's run chase.

He was helped by the steady work of Gary Wilson who provided the solid support O'Brien needed to cut loose and effectively win the game.

A nail-biting finish saw John Mooney lose his wicket with just 18 balls left and a 'run a ball' required.

Wilson's steady presence and two much-needed fours in the third last over seemed to have won the game but when Wilson was caught and removed on 80 runs, the UAE saw a glimmer of hope.

But Geroge Dockrell eased frayed nerves by steering Ireland home with safe singles and a vital four to keep the dream of a quarter-final place alive.

Ireland's Ed Joyce had earlier benefited from a huge stroke of luck when a delivery clipped off the stump but the bails shuffled from their groove and landed back in place.

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