What a difference a day makes..24 little hours...
As good as Ireland had been in the first T20 win yesterday, they were awful today as they were trounced by 54 runs as the UAE levelled the series.
It had began brightly as Josh Little (1-24) took a wicket with the fourth ball of the game, but thereafter it went downhill.
Chirag Suri's half century laid the perfect platform for the hosts, and with wickets in hand they plundered the Irish attack in the closing overs.
UAE added 54 runs in the last five overs - 35 coming from the last two - as Mark Adair and Craig Young were both deposited over the ropes twice.
A total of 163 for 4 on a sluggish track was always likely to be relatively challenging, and it became even more so as the 'big three' of Paul Stirling (1), Andy Balbirnie (9) and Kevin O'Brien (12) all fell in the powerplay.
Curtis Campher top scored with 22, while Gareth Delany (18) and George Dockrell (17) got starts, but in truth Ireland never looked like challenging the total at any point of the chase.
Debutants Palaniapan Meiyappan and Akif Raja did the damage taking seven wickets between them as Ireland were bowled out for 109 to lose emphatically by 54 runs.
The series decider takes place at the same venue on Sunday (6am).
Meanwhile Ireland this morning also confirmed their final 15 for the World Cup with Shane Getkate, Barry McCarthy and Graham Kennedy left out of the originally named squad.