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Unbeaten Irish edge closer to Twenty20 place

Ireland are one match away from the World Twenty20 after maintaining their unbeaten record at the qualifying tournament in Abu Dhabi with a straightforward 48 runs win over Uganda.

After William Porterfield's record-breaking, unbeaten century in the previous match on Wednesday, it was a much more subdued affair with the captain content to keep the regular batting order, after his dismissal in the eighth over.

This time, though, on much the slowest pitch encountered in the tournament, the acceleration never came and Ireland added only 90 runs in the last 12 and a half overs after Porterfield's whirlwind 33 from just 17 balls.

But a total of 147 was more than enough to ensure victory against a Uganda side who, to their credit, bowled and fielded well.

Trent Johnston, who has struggled on this trip, started impressively and took his second wicket of the tournament with his third ball but 21 came off his next two overs and it needed the spin twins, George Dockrell and Paul Stirling to put the breaks on Uganda.

They did rather more than that, they effectively won the match with their eight overs producing figures of four for 36.

Wilson admitted the team do not know much about Hong Kong, the surprise package in the group who made it five wins out of six against the USA yesterday, but will be prepared by tomorrow.

"We have them on video and will watch them on Saturday night or Sunday morning before the game. They are, obviously, playing good cricket but we are playing good cricket as well and we'll be confident going into the game."

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