Adrian Dennis Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling (file photo).
Stirling stars with unbeaten century but Ireland suffer first-ever ODI defeat to UAE
Ireland lost out by six wickets in Abu Dhabi today.

THE UNITED ARAB Emirates (UAE) enjoyed their first-ever one-day international (ODI) victory over Ireland today. 

Irish batsman Paul Stirling had hit an unbeaten century — 131 from 148 — to become only the second player to pass 9,000 runs for Ireland after William Porterfield. 

Ireland totalled 269-5, but centuries from Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Muhammad Usman ensured UAE won by six wickets. 

It is the first time UAE have claimed an ODI win over a full member. 

The sides meet in three more ODIs over the coming days and Ireland will then play three times against Afghanistan.

Ireland 269-5 (50 overs; P Stirling 131*, A Balbirnie 53; R Mustafa 2-43)

UAE 273-4 (49 overs; C Rizwan 109, M Usman 105*; C Campher 2-31, B McCarthy 2-63)

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