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Summary

  1. Ireland beat UAE by two wickets
  2. Ireland chase 279 with four balls to spare
  3. Wilson 80, K O'Brien 50 off 25 balls
  4. UAE 278-9: Shaiman 106; Stirling 2-27
  5. Pool B, Brisbane; Ireland won toss

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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That's about it from us. If you've been enjoying

Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson's World Cup diaries on the BBC Sport website, I'm sure you can't wait to hear what he thought about that finish.

Next up, it's Afghanistan v Scotland from Dunedin, with play starting at 22:00 GMT tonight, followed by Sri Lanka v Bangladesh in Melbourne at 03:30 GMT.

I hope you'll join us for that double-header. Thanks for your company this morning - we do appreciate it - see you on the flip side.

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Cardiff Uni IrishSoc: We had our hearts in our mouth down here in Cardiff. Safe to say our lectures consisted of many thumb dwindling and loud Irish.

Keith Redmond: Moved my meetings to after lunch just so I could follow #IRLvUAE on #bbccricket. What a game!

Peter McCully: Ireland cricket once again showing that we Irish perform best in sport when we are the underdogs.

Well, the good folk of Brisbane - those who got along to the game - saw an absolute cracker today. We had a good start from the UAE, ended by a great spell of spin bowling by Paul Stirling, then a recovery led by Shaiman Anwar, the UAE's very first World Cup centurion.

Ireland then had a bit of a stop-start innings, with wickets falling every time they looked set - Gary Wilson (80) and Kevin O'Brien (50) put Ireland in the box seat, but still the wickets fell - and the boys in green triumphed with four balls to spare.

And in between all that, we had dropped catches, injured fielders, knife-edge DRS decisions, and my personal highlight of the day - Kevin O'Brien "doing The Crane" to celebrate catching Karate.

Kevin O'Brien celebrates a catch
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Sarah Naismith: You won't wipe this smile off my face today world! #2from2

Gareth Murray: What a game, hard to believe this is the sort of World Cup match the ICC want to do away with.

Bertie Ivory-Peters: Ireland haven't had this much excitement in a World Cup since their Quidditch WC win. Amazing stuff.

The overwhelming message we're getting from you on social media is this: after exciting matches like that one, how short-sighted would it be for the ICC to reduce the World Cup to 10 teams and eliminate such games?

Captain's view

United Arab Emirates captain Mohammad Tauqir: "That's the game of cricket. We bowled very well, the spinners were playing well, but Kevin O'Brien took the game from us.

"Catches are dropped. It's part and parcel of the game, and because of the heat, some of the boys were getting cramp.

On Shaiman Anwar's first World Cup century for the UAE: "In the dressing room, his nickname is Sir Viv Richards. We knew he could do it."

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Patrick Buttimer: I never thought that a sport could move me like watching Ireland play rugby but the cricket against UAE this morning was amazing.

Captain's view

Ireland captain William Porterfield: "It was a bit closer than we would have wanted but we'd take that any day of the week.

"Wickets in hand are always a big thing, especially when you've got lads like Kev and Wilson coming in. One key factor was the way we played in the last 20 overs of our innings.

"Confidence is high in the squad, and the fixtures start coming thicker and faster now."

Man of the match

More from man of the match Gary Wilson: "We ran a little closer than we wanted but just delighted that we've won two from two. I seemed to strike the ball nicely from the start."

Final scorecard

Ireland beat UAE by two wickets with four balls to spare

UAE 278-9: Shaiman 106, Stirling 2-27

Ireland 279-8 (49.2 overs): Wilson 80, K O'Brien 50

Fall of wickets: 4-1 (Stirling 3), 72-2 (Joyce 37), 94-3 (Porterfield 37), 97-4 (N O'Brien 17), 171-5 (Balbirnie 30), 243-6 (K O'Brien 50), 259-7 (Mooney 2), 267-8 (Wilson 80); Not-out batsmen: Cusack 5*, Dockrell 7*

Bowling figures: Naveed 9.2-1-65-2, Guruge 7-0-21-1, Javed 10-0-60-3, Tauqir 9-0-38-2, Mustafa 9-0-45-0, Chandran 5-0-43-0

Ireland won toss

Scorecard

Gary Wilson
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Ross McDonagh: If 10 years ago someone told me, an Irishman, one day I'd be furiously refreshing #bbccricket scores on my phone at 3.30am, I'd have lolled...

Dave Johnson: Good job we're hosting in 2019. Not sure we'll be in the top 10 one-day sides at this rate.

Man of the match

Ireland batsman Gary Wilson, who made 80 off 69 balls: "I'm delighted to get a few. I hadn't had too many runs coming into this game.

"I was confident when I went out there - I just told myself it was my day.

"I've batted quite a lot with Kev and we dovetailed quite well, so it was great to have him coming out there."

Gary Wilson
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The Lazy Hungerist: YES!!! Come on Ireland! Game of the tournament so far, fair play to UAE but still...

Ωjiriħ Mågµ: Funny enough the most tight competitive game comes from two associate teams #UAEvsIRE so far.

NeilHine: This is why we need a 20 team World Cup!

Man of the match

Ireland's top scorer Gary Wilson is named as man of the match for his 80 from 69 balls.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Ireland have put their fans through it today. I don't think I could have been an Ireland fan for the last 10 minutes. I now know why my Dad refused to watch me play cricket in the last 10 years."

Spare a thought for the UAE - they've never beaten Ireland in a List A game, let alone an ODI, and their wait goes on.

With big hitting, great bowling, run-outs, dropped catches, injured fielders and Ed Joyce being "bowled" without the bails being dislodged, that game had just about everything. And "The Crane".

Dockrell punches the air with delight, and the celebration begins for Ireland, who have two wins from two games and go level on points with the leaders of Pool B.

Champagne moment

IRELAND BEAT UAE BY TWO WICKETS WITH FOUR BALLS TO SPARE

Alex Cusack and George Dockrell
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Ire 279-8

Dockrell hits the ball into the air, two fielders converge, but neither can take it, they run a second and Ireland have won!

Ire 277-8 (target 279)

Nearly a run-out! Cusack tips the ball to mid-off and runs a single, again if the throw had hit he'd have been out by yards. Two needed.

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Hugh Dickinson: I can't believe they're cutting down the World Cup. #IREvUAE is an absolute thriller.

Paceman Naved to bowl. Cusack facing.

Ire 276-8 (target 279)

A slip comes in. So do the leg-side boundary fielders. Dockrell can't get the last ball away, but that four has nearly done the job.

Three runs needed from the last over. What. A. Game.

Ire 276-8 (target 279)

The UAE have never beaten Ireland, they need something special now - and Dockrell launches Javed for four to long-off. They'll be dancing in the streets of Taunton for that one - reducing the target to three from seven balls.

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Jamie Gordon: This is why cricket is just the best sport!

Ire 272-8 (target 279)

Tauqir shuffles the field. Cusack heaves into the leg side, they hesitate before attempting a second run, the 43-year-old captain slides to pick up the ball and fumbles it, ensuring the batsmen get home. Eight from nine needed. Cusack smacks a single to extra cover, seven from eight needed.

Ire 269-8 (target 279)

Cusack straight-drives, the ball hits the stumps, the bails light up and had bowler Javed got a hand to it, Dockrell would have been run out. Dot ball. And a swing and a miss means it's 10 from 10.

How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"In his last 17 ODIs before today, Gary Wilson had scored 195 runs at an average of 13.92."

Ire 269-8 (target 279)

George Dockrell - not known for his batting - is Ireland's number 10, as if any indication needed that Ireland really don't want Max Sorensen to have to bat. Dockrell hits his first ball to a fielder, and all his team-mates yell "don't throw" - they can't risk an overthrow here. A fierce drive from Dockrell flies towards backward point, it doesn't quite carry but a good stop prevents a boundary, and they run one. With 11 needed, the field stays up. Last ball of the over, Cusack digs it out and runs for a quick single, he has to dive to make his ground at the bowler's end and would have been out if Khurram Khan's throw had hit...

Ireland need 10 from 12 balls. This is the closest game of this World Cup, and, I'd venture, one of the most exciting. Stay with us!

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I can't believe I'm watching this. Wilson is stood in the middle of the wicket with his head between his knees. But it was a magnificent innings."

WICKET

Wilson c Javed b Naveed 80 (Ire 267-8)

Don't look away - Wilson's out next ball! What was he doing? Naveed digs in a bouncer, Wilson tries to fend it off and gives a catch to short third man! It's still 12 needed from 15 balls.

Scorecard

Ire 267-7

Wilson to face - he sent Mooney back when it was clear his partner was going to he caught - and the Surrey wicketkeeper eases the pressure with a four through long-off from the first ball of Naveed's over. The next ball is blasted straight back and nearly decapitates the umpire but that's four more. Ireland need 12 from 16 balls.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Am I missing something here? Do Ireland need 20 more than I thought? They are playing crazy shots. There's real panic going through the Ireland team. They've won this game three or four times and they keep letting the UAE back in."

WICKET

Mooney c Amjad b Javed 2 (Ire 259-7)

Left-hander Mooney tries a paddle-scoop of his own - and can only spoon a catch up to short fine leg. With a run a ball needed, he didn't really need to head down Unorthodox Boulevard there.

And if there wasn't enough drama out there, here's the local angle - the next Ireland batsman, Alex Cusack, was born in... Brisbane.

Scorecard

not-outNot out

Ire 259-6

It hit Wilson on the thigh pad, it looked in line - but Wilson survives by the skin of his teeth, it was "umpire's call" for clipping the bails! Too tight for comfort - but Ireland survive.