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Sunday 17 December 2017

We got out of jail against UAE, reveals Kevin O'Brien

Irish ride their luck but show good mettle to overcome UAE

Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien
Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien

IRELAND all-rounder Kevin O'Brien has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during yesterday's win against the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane.

However, it did not dampen the Irish celebrations as Ireland prevailed by by two wickets with four balls to spare in their Pool B match at the Gabba for their second win in the World Cup.

"The incident happened on the first ball of the 48th over when O'Brien bowled a wide delivery and continued to question the umpire's decision until bowling the next delivery," the ICC said in a statement.

O'Brien took two wickets for 61 in his seven overs and blasted 50 off 25 balls, including eight boundaries and two sixes.

Gary Wilson and O'Brien struck brisk half-centuries as Ireland held their nerve to clinch a thrilling victory. Wilson hit 80 off 69 balls while all-rounder O'Brien smashed 50 off 25 to help Ireland overwhelm UAE's total of 278-9 with four balls to spare for their second consecutive win of the tournament.

Needing almost 10 runs an over at one stage, Wilson and O'Brien smashed 72 in their sixth-wicket stand off just six overs to revive their chase.

O'Brien, who was dropped on 24, hit eight fours and lofted Amjad Javed (3-60) for two consecutive sixes but fell on the next ball with his team still needing 36 runs to win.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wilson got Ireland, who beat West Indies in their first match, closer but was dismissed by Mohammad Naveed (2-65) after hitting the bowler for two successive boundaries ion the 48th over.

Ireland needed 12 at that stage and tailenders George Dockrell and Alex Cusack held firm to see them through.

Niall O'Brien, Kevin's older brother, says Ireland got out of jail.

"It was not our most accomplished performance," he said.

SCRAPPY

"I think we were a bit scappy all around. The bowling wasn't great and the batting didn't really get going at all until Kev and Gary (came in).

"Gary (Wilson) played a super hand, it was a fantastic knock and that's probably as well as he has played for a long time.

"I'm delighted for him and delighted for all the boys. It was a tricky old game here. I thought UAE batted really well. We did get out of jail, it wasn't our best, but it's two points."

Niall, who made 17 from 24 balls before being trapped lbw by Mohammad Tauqir, contrasted their game to the win over the Windies in New Zealand, and praised the Irish support at the Gabba.

"It was a different game, different pitch, a tricky old chase, the wicket was a bit slower and I thought UAE bowled well.

"In the end, fitness and a bit more professionalism from ourselves probably showed. We'll take it."

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