Ireland's World T20 qualifier with Italy washed out in Abu Dhabi

Ireland coach Phil Simmons

Rain ended Ireland's perfect record at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after Thursday's game against Italy was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

It was an unlikely scenario in the desert setting of Abu Dhabi and the team picked up a point apiece.

Ireland had won their opening four qualifying matches to sit top of Group A and firmly on course for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year.

The Irish are back in action on Friday with Uganda their opponents.

Uganda also suffered a washout on Thursday for their game against the United States.

William Porterfield made history on Wednesday by becoming the first player to make a century in Twenty20 cricket for Ireland.

The Warwickshire opener smashed an unbeaten 127 from 69 balls in the 75-run win over the US.

Phil Simmons's team have also chalked up victories against Namibia, Canada and hosts UAE.

Two more wins, against Uganda and second-placed Hong Kong on Sunday, would see Ireland seal a place in the semi-finals as group winners.