Highlights, Afghanistan vs Ireland, 4th ODI at Dehradun, Full Cricket Score: Hosts win by 114 runs, lead series 2-1

Follow live updates and full scorecard of the fourth one-day international between Afghanistan and Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun.

FirstCricket Staff, Mar 08, 2019 12:57:43 IST

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 109 runs

223/10
Overs
49.1
R/R
4.54
Fours
23
Sixes
5
Extras
2
114/10
Overs
35.3
R/R
3.23
Fours
8
Sixes
0
Extras
7

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Report, 3rd ODI: Andy Balbirnie gave Afghanistan a taste of their own medicine Tuesday, smashing a brilliant unbeaten 145 as Ireland claimed their first win of a punishing series.

The 28-year-old Dubliner anchored Ireland's innings as they passed Afghanistan's 256-8 with an over to spare to take the third one-day international by four wickets.

Afghanistan and Ireland lock horns in a five-match ODI series. Image credit: Twitter/@Irelandcricket

Afghanistan and Ireland lock horns in a five-match ODI series. Image credit: Twitter/@Irelandcricket

After Najibullah Zadran hit an unbeaten 104, Afghanistan must have thought their total was big enough to extend their unbeaten run so far in the T20 and now 50-over series.

But Balbirnie hit eight sixes and eight fours to set up the morale-boosting win that levelled the five match one-day series 1-1, with two matches to play.

"You dream of knocks like that," said Balbirnie.

"There was a lot of pressure coming into this game. We hadn't won against these guys. There were a few scary moments but we came through.

"It was an important morale-booster with two games to go."

Ireland had looked shaky on 29-3 inside eight overs.

But with Afghanistan's feared spin attack looking jaded, Balbirnie and George Dockrell steadied nerves and scored steady runs that put Ireland back in contention.

Balbirnie scored his century off 111 balls. Dockrell then passed his 50 with a six. Two balls later, however, he was out stumped playing too ambitiously for a big shot.

Stuart Poynter then lasted just three balls before he was caught trying to smash a Rashid Khan ball to the boundary. Andy McBrine then came in to play the final support role as Balbirnie hit the winning runs.

Najibullah came in with Ireland taking the upper hand bowling as well with Afghanistan on 69-4.

The 26-year-old all-rounder patiently took his side to safety while building his maiden international century with five sixes and five fours.

Captain Asghar Afghan's 75 also played a major role as his side went from 74-5 to easily see out the 50 overs.

"We dropped some important catches and we had our chances," said Asghar after. "Hopefully we can make a comeback."

The series in the Indian city of Dehradun is an important preparation for Afghanistan ahead of the World Cup in June. Afghanistan ironically beat Ireland to reach the event in England.

Ireland were whitewashed in the earlier T20 games in which a series of world records fell.

Ireland and Afghanistan will also play a one-off Test in Dehradun.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Mar 08, 2019 19:34:56 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254