William Porterfield led from the front scoring an unbeaten 75 as Ireland defeated The Netherlands in their T20 warm-up match by six wickets with two balls to spare in the desert heat of Abu Dhabi.
With seven needed from the final over, Porterfield struck Ahsan Malik's first delivery deep over the midwicket boundary to tie the scores, and then sealed the win with a punch down the ground to the ropes.
His chanceless unbeaten 75 came from just 58 deliveries and contained seven fours and two sixes. Porterfield had lost opening partner Paul Stirling (0) in the first over as they set about chasing their victory target of 140.
Niall O'Brien joined Porterfield and the pair added a fluent 70 before the Leicestershire left-hander was deceived by a Malik slower ball, having made 34 from 32 balls.
Kevin O'Brien struck two boundaries in a brisk 13, while Gary Wilson made a run a ball 19 as Ireland were always in control of the run chase.
Earlier Alex Cusack (2-14) had starred with the ball as the Irish restricted the Dutch to 139 for 5 - slightly below par on an easy paced pitch and lightning fast outfield.
Wesley Barresi top scored with a composed 50 from 46 balls (4 fours), sharing an opening stand of 42 with Stephan Myburgh (22), before Max Sorensen (2-31) had the left hander caught at mid-off by Niall O'Brien.
Eric Szwarcynski (14) and Daan van Bunge (1) went in quick succession but Ben Cooper joined Barresi and the pair batted fluently in adding 62 in just 49 balls.
Cooper, younger brother of South Australian player Tom, looked in fine touch as he scored an unbeaten 42 from just 29 balls, which included two huge sixes.
The Irish fielded with their usual determination which backed up a disciplined bowling display which meant The Netherlands were always on the back foot.
Ireland had ealier played two warm up matches against local side Wings. After this match they also played an official warm up match v Papua New Guinea. Al three of these matches were uncapped as there were more than 11 players a side.
- The toss
- The captains
- The umpires
- Ireland team huddle
- Driven away by Myburgh
- Tim Murtagh bowling
- Cut away by Stephan Myburgh
- MYburgh struck in the midrift
- Ian Ramage signals leg bye
- Near miss by Tim Murtagh
- Max Sorensen congratulated
- Tim Murtagh in action
- Max Sorensen took two wickets
- Boundary for Eric Szwarcynski
- Improvised shot
- Alex Cusack bowling
- High take by Gary Wilson
- Wesley Barresi batting
- Reverse sweep from Szwarcynski goes awry
- Single for Daan van Bunge
- Daan van Bunge
- Gary Wilson takes the catch
- William Porterfield congratulates Alex Cusack
- Ireland congregate at the fall of a wicket
- Return to Gary Wilson
- Ben Cooper batting
- Driven by Ben Cooper
- Runs for Cooper
- Return comes in to George Dockrell
- Tret Johnston bowling
- Powered away by Barresi
- Max Sorensen bowling
- Six hit for Ben Cooper
- Routine catch for William Porterfield
- Flicked away by Cooper
- Tim Gruijters bowled by Alex Cusack
- Alex Cusack appeals
- Early wicket for the Dutch
- Paul van Meekeren bowling
- Boundary for Niall O'Brien
- Boundary for William Porterfield
- Smashed down the ground by Niall O'Brien
- Good early pace from Paul van Meekeren
- Return to Wesley Barresi
- Another boundary for William Porterfield
- Pat on the head for William Porterfield from NIall O'Brien
- Pieter Seelaar bowling
- Pulled away by Niall O'Brien
- Seelaar bowling for the Dutch
- Peter Borren exasperated
- William Porterfield keeps his eye on the ball
- Niall O'Brien is bowled by Ashan Malik
- Anguish for NIall O'Brien
- Well picked up by William Porterfield
- William Porterfield on his way to 75 not out
- Kevin O'Brien congratulates William Porterfield on reaching his fifty
- William Porterfield wagon wheel
- Boundary for Kevin O'Brien
- Giving chase
- Driven by Gary Wilson
- Guided away by Gary Wilson
- More runs for William Porterfield
- Mudassar Bukhari congratulated
- Right in the slot for William Porterfield...
- ..and the ball goes out of the park to tie the scores
- The winning hit
- Handshakes at the end of the game
- John Mooney and William Porterfield come off after the six wicket win