Ireland in UAE, 4 ODI Series, 2021

United Arab Emirates vs Ireland - 1st ODI

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 08 January 2021

United Arab Emirates 270/4

RR: 5.51 | United Arab Emirates beat Ireland by 6 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Zawar Farid c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Barry McCarthyc Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Barry McCarthy152030
Vriitya Aravind c James McCollum (sub) & b Barry McCarthyc James McCollum (sub) & b Barry McCarthy141330
Chundangapoyil Rizwan c Harry Tector & b Curtis Campherc Harry Tector & b Curtis Campher10913691
Alishan Sharafu c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Curtis Campherc Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Curtis Campher1900
Muhammad Usman not out not out 10210773
Waheed Ahmed not out not out 181021
Rohan Mustafa
Ahmed Raza
Zahoor Khan
Karthik Palaniapan Meiyappan
Kashif Daud
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 0, w 10, nb 1)
Total 270 (4 Wkts, 49.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
18-1 (Vriitya Aravind,3.2), 38-2 (Zawar Farid,8), 51-3 (Alishan Sharafu,12.5), 235-4 (Chundangapoyil Rizwan,45.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Craig Young9 0 57 0 6.33
Barry McCarthy10 1 60 2 6.00
Curtis Campher10 0 31 2 3.10
Andy McBrine9 0 49 0 5.44
Mark Adair8 0 48 0 6.00
Gareth Delany3 0 25 0 8.33
Paul Stirling0 0 0 0 0
Kevin O'Brien0 0 0 0 0
Andy Balbirnie 0 0 0 0 0
Harry Tector0 0 0 0 0
Lorcan Tucker 0 0 0 0 0

Okay! We didn't expect that, did we? United Arab Emirates have pulled off a stunning win over Ireland in the first of this 4-match ODI series. Will the feeling sink in before Sunday? Can they take this momentum into the second ODI? Or will Ireland come roaring back? Join us on 10th January, 2021, from 9.30 am local (0530 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious UAE skipper, AHMED RAZA, says that it was in UAE's mind that they have not beaten Ireland in this format and is simply thrilled with the result. Lauds Muhammad Usman and Chundangapoyil Rizwan for batting with responsibility, putting the bad balls away and taking minimum risks. On UAE's mentality with Ireland's score at 141/1, Ahmed says that they came back well in the middle overs but lost the plot towards the end, brutally assessing that they should have been chasing not more than 240! Hopes to do better on Sunday. Expects the senior bowlers to take the responsibility but gives plenty of praise for debutant Kashif Daud. Says that it is good to go 1-up and dedicates this win to his late father who passed away recently.

Irish captain, ANDY BALBIRNIE, bluntly says that Ireland were 20-30 runs short with the bat. Puts it down to rustiness and feels that they could have been more proactive with the bat. Credits UAE for planning the run chase well. Feels that UAE bowled well and the Irish batsmen found it difficult to get the ball away or score quickly. On Paul Stirling's knock, Andy calls him world class and also the best batsman of the side, striving hard for success. On UAE being 51/3, AB says that they felt they were bowling well but honestly admits that they could not maintain the pressure. Add that they will sit down and discuss how to improve with both bat and ball. Also says that they want to win games but also want to give some expousre to young players.

CHUNDANGAPOYIL RIZWAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Rizwan is happy that his maiden hundred could lead UAE to a win. Thanks the management for supporting his side to allow them to prepare for this series and adds that all those preparations bore fruit. Stresses that the plan between himsefl and Muhammad Usman was to play 50 overs, with the belief that they can win. Admits that he was losing steam due to the heat but adds that Usman kept on encouraging him. Cheekily admits that during the lockdown, his wife used to give throwdowns to him and thanks his family for their immense support.

Muhammad Usman is up for a chat. Says that it is always good to be winning the first match, with batsmen scoring centuries. Praises his side for restricting Ireland under 300. On his batting partnership with Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Usman admits that the latter was a touch slow, so the plan was to attack at some point of time and take the pressure of Rizwan. Is confident of taking Ireland down in the coming games as well.

Ahh... well... Ireland. What did they do wrong? Ummm... perhaps did not read the stats page before coming for the toss. History has favoured the side chasing in day games at this venue, yet they chose to bat. Then, they lost their way through a collapse in the middle with the bat, falling perhaps 20-30 runs short. Paul Stirling was brilliant but he needed more from the top order. Then, in the field, on a good batting deck, their bowlers could not find much response. And their fielders did not support them. Catches dropped, run outs missed, they were very average. They will aim to do much better, come Sunday. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

The partnership for the 4th wicket was worth 184, which was nearly 70 percent of the required target! Both batsmen got to their centuries, survived a few close calls on the way but importantly, got the team through. Both players complemented each other nicely, taking on the mantle when the other was struggling. And towards the end, Waheed Ahmed came out and played a fine cameo, brushing aside all kinds of fears of a possible collapse. A day to remember and a win to savour.

Take a bow, Usman. Take a bow, Rizwan. Two experienced guys have shocked Ireland. UAE were chasing a high target, 270 and were in the doldrums, at 51/3. But in came Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Muhammad Usman. The duo bided its time and then increased the run rate as the game went deep.

48.6
1
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, UAE WIN BY 6 WICKETS! A full toss, on middle, Usman clips it between mid on and short mid-wicket. The ball races to the fence but before that, the single is completed. Well played, UAE!
48.5
4
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, FOUR! CENTURY FOR USMAN! The entire dugout of the UAE team stands in awe and respect for this veteran. What a fine knock. Full and around middle, Usman backs away to the leg side and hits it straight back over the bowler. Finds the fence down the ground! The helmet is off and there is a massive glee across his face.
48.4
0
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, A slower ball, short in length, Usman backs away, looks to cut but gets a bottom edge back into the pitch. Waheed comes halfway down for the single but is sent back.
48.3
1
Barry McCarthy to Waheed Ahmed, Around middle, WA flicks it behind square leg for a single. Usman wants the second but Waheed declines, showing that he is not cruel-hearted.
48.2
0
Barry McCarthy to Waheed Ahmed, Full and straight, Ahmed looks to turn it to the leg side but plays a touch too early. Gets a leading edge which goes along the ground to the bowler.

The ball seems to be lost somewhere beneath the covers. Frantically explored, are those covers. The umpires call for a spare ball instead.

48.1
4
Barry McCarthy to Waheed Ahmed, FOUR! Nerves for Usman! Tell you why. He is on 97 while the team needs just 6 for a win! He has a long chat with Waheed now. Full and outside off, Waheed leans and lofts it over cover for a boundary.
47.6
1
Craig Young to Waheed Ahmed, Full and outside off, driven towards extra cover for one.
47.5
1
Craig Young to Muhammad Usman, And now, a quick single. MU pushes this towards backward point and Waheed calls him through for a quick run.
47.4
2
Craig Young to Muhammad Usman, Moves to 96 now. On middle and leg, this is turned through mid-wicket. Usman is tired but Waheed calls him through for the second.
47.3
1
Craig Young to Waheed Ahmed, Outside off, pushed towards cover for a run.
47.2
1
Craig Young to Muhammad Usman, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single. The stand moves to 20 from 10 balls.
47.1
2
Craig Young to Muhammad Usman, Outside off, pushed wide of long off for a couple.

Craig Young returns. 8-0-49-0 so far.

46.6
1
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, On middle and leg, Usman swings hard and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. A quick single taken.
46.5
4
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, FOUR! 19 needed in 19 balls now! Full and outside off, Waheed punches this through the covers and beats sweeper cover to his right!
46.4
1
Barry McCarthy to Waheed Ahmed, Full and straight, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
46.3
4
Barry McCarthy to Waheed Ahmed, FOUR! 10 in 2  balls! Outside off, fuller in length, Waheed backs away and steers this pretty late, beating third man to his left!
46.2
6
Barry McCarthy to Waheed Ahmed, SIX! Waheed gets off the mark in style. A short ball, around off, Ahmed gets across and pulls it over deep square leg! 28 more needed in 21 balls.
46.1
1
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, A short ball, down the leg side, pulled to fine leg for a single.

Bowling change. Or not. McCarthy continues.

45.6
0
Curtis Campher to Waheed Ahmed, Outside off, a play and a miss.
45.5
0
Curtis Campher to Waheed Ahmed, Outside off, pushed towards point. Waheed wants single but is sent back. The throw comes to the keeper who misses it! Waheed was a goner!

Who walks in now? Waheed Ahmed walks in.

45.4
0
Curtis Campher to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, OUT! CAUGHT! That is a stunning catch. A length ball, around off, Rizwan swings for the heavens but does not quite time it that well. Two fielders converge - deep square leg and deep mid-wicket. Harry Tector loses the ball but at the last moment, spots it, dives to his right and takes a stunner! Rizwan departs for a fantastic 109 while the 184-run stand has been broken at last. 35 more needed from 26 balls now.
45.3
0
Curtis Campher to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Full and outside off, driven straight to short extra cover.
45.2
6
Curtis Campher to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, SIX! Up, up and away! Full and outside off, Rizwan gets under this and deposits it over long off!
45.1
2
Curtis Campher to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Good awareness shown by Campher. Full and outside off, Rizwan swings hard and just about gets it over mid on running back. The batsmen go for the second but Chundangapoyil takes it lightly. The throw comes in to the bowler who collects and fires a direct hit at the striker's end. The run out appeal is referred upstairs but replays show that CR is in.

DIRECT HIT! Has this partnership been broken? Nope. Rizwan is home.

Curtis Campher to bowl out. 9-0-23-1 so far.

44.6
4
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, FOUR! Finally he connects! Short and outside off, this is slightly wider, so Usman has enough time and room to go back and punch it through the covers. Sweeper cover gets across to his left, dives but cannot pull the ball back in!
44.5
0
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, And again. McCarthy is outdoing Usman here. Another slower ball, this is on a length, around off stump, MU looks to slash again, misses again. He is getting frustrated.
44.4
0
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, Excellent slower ball, on a length, outside off, angling away, MU backs away, slashes hard but misses.
44.3
0
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, A short ball, outside off, Usman pushes it through the covers. Paul Stirling dives to his right and makes a stunning stop.
44.2
1
Barry McCarthy to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Outside off, heaved wide of mid-wicket for a run.
44.1
1
Barry McCarthy to Muhammad Usman, A slower one, short in length, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. Barry McCarthy has returned to bowl. 7-1-26-2 so far.
43.6
1
Andy McBrine to Muhammad Usman, Outside off, pushed through cover for a run. Usman moves to 80 from 92. 49 more needed in 36 balls. The stand moves to 170 in 187 deliveries.
43.5
0
Andy McBrine to Muhammad Usman, Quicker one outside off, MU looks to go over the off side but misses. Quick glovework by Tucker.
43.4
1
Andy McBrine to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, CENTURY FOR RIZWAN! Well played. Really well played. He has held his team together, sticking like a glue when they were falling apart. Can he take them over the line though?
43.3
0
Andy McBrine to Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Very full, outside off, dug out back to the bowler.
43.2
1
Andy McBrine to Muhammad Usman, Fuller, around middle, pushed down to long on for a single. Gets Rizwan back on strike.
43.1
6
Andy McBrine to Muhammad Usman, SIX! CLUNK! A short ball, outside off, Usman rocks back and pulls it over wide long on!