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Ireland skipper William Porterfield stumped by defeat in final game of pre-World Twenty20 tour

By Ian Callender

William Porterfield could not face the post-match captain's interview after Ireland's final game of their pre-World Twenty20 tour of Australia and the UAE.

The skipper had just scored 72 of his side's 128 runs but, unbelievably, it was not enough to get up past UAE's total of 133, giving the Emirates only their third ever victory over Ireland and their first since 2001.

Nine of Porterfield's fellow batsmen contributed a total of just 27 runs. If it was a one-off, it could be passed off as just that but, following a T20 qualifying tournament when they posted only one total in excess of 130, they have played another five games in the shortest format, in the last 10 days, with a best of 134-8, a total which is unlikely to win any match at a World Cup.

Porterfield sent out his new (unofficial) vice-captain Gary Wilson to give the analysis of their latest defeat and he was relying on history repeating itself next month.

"When it comes to world tournaments, we get it right more often than not," he said. "That is our strength and we are confident we can put it right in India.

"We are an experienced team. Our backs have been against the wall plenty of times before and we have come out the right side."

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