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05-Mar-2019 16:12:00 GMT
Afg v Ire - 3rd ODI, Dehradun

Balbirnie unbeaten century helps Ireland level the series

Ireland 260 for 6 (Balbirnie 145*, Dockrell 54, Dawlat 2-52) beat Afghanistan 256 for 8 (Najibullah 104*, Asghar 75, Rankin 2-56) by four wickets

Dehradun: A superb unbeaten 145 from Andrew Balbirnie helped Ireland to a four-wicket win over Afghanistan in the third ODI in Dehradun.

Balbirnie hit eight sixes - an Ireland record - in his highest ODI score as they chased 257 with an over to spare in Dehradun to level the series at 1-1.

He added 143 with George Dockrell, who made 54 after Ireland slipped to 29-3 and 73-4.

Najibullah Zadran made an unbeaten 104 in Afghanistan's 256-8.

Zadran's century, along with 75 from captain Asghar Afghan - they shared a sixth-wicket stand of 117 - rescued Afghanistan from 74-5 after they won the toss.

Boyd Rankin took 2-56 and Tim Murtagh 2-60 for Ireland.

Balbirnie entered the fray at 13-1 and another two wickets quickly fell before a brisk 21 from Kevin O'Brien.

The brilliant partnership with Dockrell proved decisive as Ireland finally registered a win over the Afghans at the sixth attempt.

The fourth ODI takes place at the same venue on Friday, before the series finale on Sunday.

Afghanistan won the Twenty20 series 3-0.

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