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14-Jul-2016 17:41:00 GMT
Ireland v Afghanistan, 3nd ODI, Belfast

Joyce, O'Brien lead Ireland to series-leveling win

Belfast: Ed Joyce was partnered by Kevin'O'Brien for a 144 run stand for the fourth wicket to help Ireland level the five-match ODI series 1-1 against Afghanistan.

The 3rd ODI at Belfast showed Ireland’s batting prowess led by Ed Joyce and Kevin O’Brien.

Asked to chase a sub-par total of 236 set by Afghanistan, the hosts were off to a poor start losing as many as 3-wickets with only 60-odd runs on the board.

Joyce who opened that batting was their till the end of the innings notching up his fourth ever ODI ton and remaining unbeaten at 105*. Joyce was superbly supported by O’Brien who himself made a 85-ball 75.

Brief scores
Afghanistan -
236 (Shahzad 81, O’Brien 3-28, McCarthy 3-57)
Ireland - 237 for 4 (Ed Joyce 105*, O’Brien 75, Hassan 2-21)
Result - Ireland won by 6-wickets

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