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Stirling stars with unbeaten century but Ireland suffer first-ever ODI defeat to UAE

Ireland lost out by six wickets in Abu Dhabi today.

Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling (file photo).
Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling (file photo).
Image: Adrian Dennis

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)

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

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