As It Happened: Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, 16th World Cup Match in Brisbane

Updated: 25 February 2015 21:42 IST

Live cricket score and ball-by-ball commentary from the 16th World Cup match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane on Wednesday.

As It Happened: Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, 16th World Cup Match in Brisbane
Gary Wilson guided Ireland to a win over UAE © Getty Images

Ireland defeated the United Arab Emirates by two wickets in a thrilling World Cup Pool B match at the Gabba on Wednesday. Catch all the highlights of the match here: (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)

Chasing 279 to win, Gary Wilson top-scored for Ireland with 80 although it was Kevin O'Brien who gave the innings impetus with a 24-ball half-century as victory was secured with just four balls remaining.

Earlier, Pakistan-born Shaiman Anwar scored the first hundred by a UAE batsman at a World Cup with 106 off 83 balls.

Ireland now have two wins in two while the UAE have lost both their opening pool matches.

Live Score - Ireland vs UAE

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Gary Wilson is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant batting. Ireland now have 4 points off their two games and are in the contention for a quarter-final berth. UAE on the other hand have proved they are no walkovers and will love to build on the exposure and experience they gain in this World Cup. That's all we have from this game. Join us back tomorrow for the game against Afghanistan and Scotland 0300 IST. Followed by the Sri Lanka Bangladesh match at 0900 IST. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us here!

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UAE bowled well but in the end just could not cross the finishing line! Their skipper, Tauqir and Mustafa were brilliant in the middle overs and cramped Ireland for pace to slow things down. UAE were also unlucky as they did not get direct hits on the stumps and some decisions did not go their way. UAE however showed lots of promise and will be pleased with their performance here at the 'Gabba.

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Ireland win it, but only just! Ireland lost Stirling early but Joyce and Porterfield steadied the ship and built a partnership. There was a middle order collapse but Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson came together to ensure that Ireland accelerated in the after the Batting Powerplay and got near the total. A late drama enfolded as Ireland lost some more wickets but Dockrell and Cusack made sure Ireland get the all important 2 points. Gary Wilson top scored with 80 off 69 balls.

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to George Dockrell

THAT'S IT! On a length on off, Dockrell lofts it over the in field on off side and comes across for a couple to seal it for Ireland! IRELAND WIN BY 2 WICKETS!

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to Alex Cusack

DIRECT HIT AND HE WAS A GONER! On a length on off, Cusack drives it to mid off and comes across for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the non striker's end but he again misses and Ireland are 2 short of victory now.

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Amjad Javed to George Dockrell

Drifting on the pads, Dockrell misses his flick and hits struck on the pads. 3 OFF 6 NEEDED.

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Amjad Javed to George Dockrell

FOUR! THAT PERHAPS DOES IT! Full on off, Dockrell heaves it over covers clears the in field and the ball runs down to the boundary. ONLY 3 NEEDED OFF 7 NOW.

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Amjad Javed to Alex Cusack

Full on off, Cusack drives it mid off and comes across for a single.

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Amjad Javed to Alex Cusack

Low full toss on middle, Cusack flicks it to square leg. Two fielders converge on the ball but fails to stop it and they get a couple more runs.

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Amjad Javed to Alex Cusack

On a length outside off,Cusack fails to put bat on ball.

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