Thursday 14 December 2017

Ireland chasing 278 against UAE in Cricket World Cup

Alex Cusack of Ireland celebrates a wicket during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates
Alex Cusack of Ireland celebrates a wicket during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates

Ireland have plenty of work to do in their second match of the Cricket World Cup following this morning's innings from the UAE.

Shaiman Anwar scored his maiden one-day international century and shared a 107-run partnership with Amjad Javed to lift the United Arab Emirates to 278-9.

Despite a late flurry of runs, it could be a difficult total to defend against an Ireland batting lineup which chased down 305 with four overs to spare to upset the two-time champion West Indies last week.

Anwar, who led the scoring with 67 in UAE's opening four-wicket loss to Zimbabwe, belted 106 from 83 balls, including 10 fours and a six. He shared a 47-run fifth-wicket stand with Khurram Khan, who made 36, and then combined with Javed, who scored 42, as the UAE got out of early trouble at 78-4.

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