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11-Dec-2017 05:56:00 GMT
AFG v IRE, 3rd ODI, Sharjah

Stirling, Dockrell spearhead 2-1 series win for Ireland

Sharjah: Paul Stirling's century steered Ireland to a 2-1 series defeat of Afghanistan with a five-wicket win in the final one-day international in Sharjah on Sunday.

George Dockrell (4-28) and Barry McCarthy (3-32) helped the Irish dismiss Aghanistan for just 177.

Ireland cruised to the target in 38 overs with opener Stirling hitting 101 from 97 balls and Andrew Balbirnie adding a valuable 35.

Afghanistan won the opener before Ireland levelled the series.

Javed Ahmadi and Noor Ali Zadran put on an opening partnership of 34 before the wickets began to tumble in the decider.

Spinner Dockrell and McCarthy, who took his first five-wicket haul in Thursday's win, did most of the damage as Afghanistan failed to set a competitive target.

Ireland captain William Porterfield fell for just nine before a 62-run partnership between Stirling and Balbirnie laid the foundations for victory.

Brief scores:
Ireland 180 for 5 (Stirling 101) beat Afghanistan 177 (Rashid 44, Rahmat 44, Dockrell 4-28, McCarthy 3-32) by five wickets

Stirling followed up a fine 82 on Thursday with another impressive knock before he was dismissed by Rashid Khan.

Gary Wilson (11) and Kevin O'Brien (10 not out) ensured they would be no collapse as Ireland eased to their target of 178.


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