ICC World Twenty20: Ireland beat UAE by 21 runs on Duckworth/Lewis
Last Updated: 20/03/14 6:23am
William Porterfield: Ireland skipper leads from the front
Ireland made it two wins out of two in the ICC World Twenty20 as they beat the UAE by 21 runs on Duckworth/Lewis after a bizarre ending to the match in Sylhet.
After restricting the UAE to 123-6 from their 20 overs, Ireland were making their way towards victory at 103-3 in the 15th over when the floodlights twice went out and then it started to rain.
A first floodlight stoppage lasted ten minutes, but the resumption last just two balls before darkness again cloaked the stadium - and with rain also falling the match was ended.
Behind a 43 from Ed Joyce and an unbeaten 33 from skipper William Porterfield, Ireland had done enough to be ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis calculations when play was ended early.
After beating Zimbabwe in their first outing, and now victory over the UAE, Ireland now need to just beat Holland on Friday to secure their place among the big boys in the Super 10 stage.
Having won the toss, Ireland opted to field first but were initially subdued by UAE opening pair Amjad Ali and Faizan Asif before the two were involved in a mix-up in the fifth over and the latter run out by Tim Murtagh.
Amjad cracked four fours in his 20 but his innings ended when he edged to short third man off Paul Stirling, who picked up another wicket three balls later when Swapnil Patil tamely flicked to midwicket.
Shaiman Anwar thumped two sixes as he top scored with 30 before giving Kevin O'Brien a simple caught and bowled chance, while the UAE's hopes were undermined by their failure to find the boundary on a regular basis.
Indeed, their batsmen only found the rope 11 times in their 20 overs although Amjad Javed (19) and Rohan Mustafa (13 not out) ran hard to lift their side's total to a little more than a run a ball.
Stirling showed them how it was done in Ireland's reply with two fours in the first over before having to retire hurt in the second over after earlier being struck on the elbow.
Porterfield (33 no) and Joyce continued to thrive, however, with the latter thumping Ahmed Raza for a flat six and then a four in the eighth over.
Ireland were cruising but then suffered a bit of a wobble as they lost three wickets in the next two overs.
Joyce perished for 43 after pulling Sharif Asadullah to midwicket, while O'Brien was dismissed three balls later, with Andrew Poynter falling soon after.
Any hopes of a tense finish were dashed when the floodlights suddenly went off and the game lasted just two balls longer before the power bizarrely went out again.
With rain then hitting the stadium, the game was abandoned and Ireland - well ahead of their Duckworth-Lewis target of 82 - claimed the win.