Ireland beat Afghanistan by five wickets- Dehradun: Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie scored the fiftieth century to guide Ireland to a five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the fifth one-day on Sunday and to match the five-match series 2-2. Stirling hit a 70-ball 88 in 88 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes, while Balbirnani took charge of Ireland, 91 of 68 runs, both of them added 81 runs and after chases Afghanistan, 216 for six Scored.
Ireland beat Afghanistan by five wickets
Stirling shared a 57-run partnership with Porterfield, while Balbirani shared the 46-run partnership with KJ O’Brien and added the team to 219 for five wickets in 47.2 overs. Zahir Khan (2/55) took two wickets for Afghanistan while Muheeb Ur Rehman (1/26), Mohammad Nabi (1/47) and Rashid Khan (1/41) took one wicket each.
“All the batsmen are aware of how good their spinners are. I just knew my game, we saw a lot of their footage.” Earlier, batting first, Asghar Afghans (82) scored 76 runs with Mohammad Nabi (40) and Rashid Khan (35) with 65 runs and helped Afghanistan to score 216 runs for 6 wickets in 50 overs. For the latest updates, and trending news, you can visit www.indiatimelines.com.
Afghanistan scored 111 balls with six fours and a six. Afghans said after the match, “It was a good series, we are targeting the World Cup, so we made changes in every match. The top order should give an opportunity to a Test match.”
George Dickrell (2/46) took 2 wickets for Ireland while Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, James Cameron-Dow, and Simi Singh got one wicket each. Afghanistan won the first and fourth ODIs, Ireland claimed the third and fifth matches, while the second game washed out. Ireland defeated Afghanistan by 3-0 in the T20I series. Both teams will now play one test match from March 15.