Rizwan and Usman struck their maiden ODI hundreds while sharing a 184-run stand in UAE’s chase
Paul Stirling’s effort of carrying the bat for 50 overs – while scoring his 10th ODI hundred – was not good enough for Ireland in Abu Dhabi as hosts United Arab Emirates chased down the 270-run target to win the first ODI of the four-match series by six wickets.
The protagonists in UAE’s victory were Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Muhammad Usman, with both hitting their maiden ODI centuries. They came together in the 13th over with UAE struggling at 51 for 3, after which they put on a 184-run stand for the fourth wicket. By the time the partnership was broken in the 46th over, UAE were only 35 runs away from victory, which they eventually completed with one over to spare.
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