LEINSTER all rounder Simi Singh produced a best day of career one-day international performance with bat and ball to steer Ireland to a crushing 112-run win over United Arab Emirates on Monday which levelled the series at 1-1.
Coming in with Ireland struggling at 99-5. Singh made 54 not out from 57balls and shared sixth-wicket partnership of 91 with Curtis Campher who made 56.
UAE made a great opening in the race to reach Ireland’s 228 with the openers Zawar Farid and Vriitya Aravind. Adding 46 before off-spinner Singh, in his second over, he had Farid caught by Gareth Delany at deep square-leg on the sweep.
It was just one of those days when everything clicked with the bat and the ball”. Said Singh, who was born in India but has lived in Ireland since arriving as student when he was 17.
It is the second-best performance by an Irish bowler in ODIs after Paul Stirling’s six for 55 against Afghanistan in 2017.
“For Simi to come into game, not having played in the first one, and bowl with that control was exceptional”. Said Ireland captain Balbirnie.
“The control, the accuracy and the wicket-taking ability, it was an absolute joy to watch him.”
The Vice-caption Chirag Suri and uncapped left-arm spinner Aryan Lakra both tested positive for coronavirus.
UAE won the opening encounter on January 8 without them.
Shortly after, Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Aravind both hoiked the 33-year-old spinner down the throat of Craig Young at long-on before Singh had Basil Hameed caught behind by Tucker and Muhammad Usman leg before
We are really happy to win by a big margin which was important for us. That will also give us huge confidence going forward,” said Singh.
Ireland will still remain in the UAE to play a three-game ODI series against Afghanistan.