A remarkable all-round display of batting and bowling from Simi Singh helped Ireland beat the United Arab Emirates by 112 runs and draw their one-day international series in Abu Dhabi.
Singh took five wickets for only 10 runs with his off-breaks, bowling four maidens and not conceding a single boundary in his 10-over allocation as the UAE were bowled out for just 116.
Earlier Ireland, after losing the toss and being put in by the hosts, had posted 228 for six off their 50 overs.
Zahoor Khan was the pick of the UAE bowlers with three for 35 as in the early stages of the match.
Ireland were reduced to 10-3 inside the first five overs Khan's burst accounting for skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling, while Kashif Daud removed Kevin O’Brien for 2.
Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker led a recovery with a vital 72-run partnership, but both fell with Ireland yet to put up three figures on the board.
Nonetheless, Curtis Campher continued his remarkable start to life in international cricket, joining Singh for 91-run partnership and working his way to a third-half century in just his fourth ODI innings.
At the other end Singh made his runs rapidly, bringing up his half-century from 56 balls, with his innings including two sixes and two fours. A handy cameo from Gareth Delany (15 off 8) took Ireland to 228-6 from their 50 overs.
At 46-0, inside the opening 10 overs, the UAE got off to a bright start through Zawar Farid and Vriitya Aravind, but Singh burst through as he took out the UAE’s top three in almost identical fashion: on all three occasions, the batsmen looked to go big on the leg-side but holed out, with leaving the home side on 50-3.
It was soon 51-4 when Basil Hameed’s attempted cut resulted in an edge that Lorcan Tucker held on to behind the stumps.
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In the 22nd over, Singh took his and Ireland’s fifth, getting the ball to straighten from around the wicket to leave Muhammad Usman leg before wicket.
From there, the supporting cast went to work, with Kevin O’Brien, Andy McBrine and Gareth Delany all picking up a wicket each, while a couple of run-outs helped Ireland bowl the UAE out for just 116.
Singh won player of the match while Campher won player of the series
Ireland had lost the series opener by six wickets before a coronavirus outbreak among the home squad forced the four-match series to be reduced to two games.
Ireland's next series is the World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan also in Abu Dhabi, with the first of three games on Thursday morning.