Niall O'Brien
Niall O'Brien made sure Ireland registered a victory over West Indies in the first match of the 2015 ICC World CupGetty

Ireland will take on the United Arab Emirates in a Group B fixture of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane, on Wednesday.

Where to watch live

Match starts at 3.30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.

Overview

Ireland are high on confidence and come into this fixture after registering a victory over West Indies in the first group stages fixture of the tournament. Jason Holder's side posted a total of 304 runs for the loss of seven wickets from their 50 overs.

William Porterfield and Paul Stirling led Ireland's run chase before their skipper was dismissed for 23. It was Stirling (92) and Ed Joyce's (84) first wicket partnership, which was then followed by an unbeaten 79 from Nial O'Brien that helped Ireland seal a victory in their first game.

Aaqib Javed
UAE coach Aaquib Javed will hope to inspire his side and shock some of the more illustrious teams in their groupGetty

Meanwhile, UAE enter the second fixture in search of their first win in this edition of the World Cup. Mohammad Tauqir's side came close to sealing their first victory, only to be denied by Zimbabwe in the late stages of the match.

UEA posted a total of 285 runs and Zimbabwe managed to achieve the target with two overs to spare and winning the match by four wickets. Sean Williams' unbeaten 76 helped the African nation avoid a defeat in the early stages of the tournament.

Prediction

Ireland to win

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Ireland to win: 2/9
  • United Arab Emirates to win: 13/4

What they say

William Porterfield (Ireland captain): "It wouldn't be a World Cup if you just keep reducing teams down to the top few teams that are ranked. It's frustrating whenever you come to tournaments and the governing body wants to keep cutting teams."

Team news

Ireland

Possible XI: William Porterfield (C), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien (WK), Gary Wilson, Andy Balbirnie, Kevin O'Brien, John Mooney, George Dockrell, Max Sorensen, Andy McBrine.

United Arab Emirates

Possible XI: Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishna Chandran, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil (WK), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Naveed, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Tauqir (C), Nasir Aziz.