Ireland secured a 62-run victory over hosts UAE today to seal a place in tomorrow’s final of the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament against Afghanistan.

Ireland had already qualified for next year’s tournament in Bangladesh and scored 147-8, thanks largely to Trent Johnston (35) and John Mooney’s (29) partnership of 55, which brought them to 138 for 6.

This followed a shaky opening for Ireland who were 42-4 after the early wickets of William Porterfield (7), Paul Stirling (17), James Shannon (7) and Gary Wilson (3). Kevin O’Brien hit 31 to steady the Irish ship.

In reply, the UAE started well when Shaiman Anwar put them on 17-0 after two overs, but Max Sorensen took four wickets for 15, while Tim Murtagh recorded figures of four for 24 to see Ireland to another victory.

Ireland play Afghanistan in the final tomorrow at 2pm.