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Irish remain in control

IRELAND remain in control of their ICC InterContinental Cup clash with the UAE despite a much improved performance by the visitors on the second day at Malahide.

Fifteen wickets tumbled in complete contrast to the first day, when the bat totally dominated the ball.

Resuming on 420 for 3, Ed Joyce added just two to his overnight 229, before being trapped lbw by Amjad Javed.

Openers Asid Iqbal and Amjad Ali survived a new ball burst by Craig Young and Tim Murtagh, before Ali pulled John Mooney to Murtagh at midwicket for a dogged 1 from 31 deliveries.

Iqbal (43) and Saqib Ali (27) added 57 before Craig Young (3-46) removed both in quick succession just before the tea interval.

At 162 for 8, it seemed as if the Irish would wrap up the first innings before the close of play, but a determined unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 45 halted them in their tracks.