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Commentator: Justin Smyth

Simi Singh was unbeaten for the first time in an ODI, guided the tail well to help Ireland eek out a nervy three wicket win over Afghanistan. Andrew Balbirnie was the top batsman on show today and his classy 60 off 93 balls set up the base for Ireland, there was a couple of wobbles with wickets falling in clusters. Yet the truth is that Afghanistan never really had enough runs to defend, and although Rashid picked up another three wickets, Ireland were always ahead of the run-rate.

It really goes to show that you don't need to be scoring a mountain of runs to have an exciting game. Who doesn't love a low scoring thriller? Its now one-one in the series, with the final game this Friday. I'll be here and I hope that you will be able to join me too. This is Justin saying goodnight from Stormont.

Mohammad Nabi to Murtagh, 2 runs, Murtagh gets a thick edge on the ball, it flies past the slip and it keeps on going. Murtagh comes back for the second and Ireland win!
Mohammad Nabi to Murtagh, no run, clips down the legside, Zazai fields
Mohammad Nabi to Murtagh, 5 wides, its speared down the legside and Shahzad has no chance to stop that, Zazai can't cut it off either and it runs to the rope
Mohammad Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, backs away and cuts the ball out to deep point, Naib gets the ball back in. Seven needed now
Mohammad Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, backs away and plays the ball back to the bowler
Mohammad Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, back in the crease, hits the ball up to mid-wicket

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
2nd69A BalbirniePR Stirling
3rd18NJ O'BrienA Balbirnie
4th10KJ O'BrienA Balbirnie
5th47A BalbirnieSimi Singh
6th18GC WilsonSimi Singh
7th2AR McBrineSimi Singh
8th19TJ MurtaghSimi Singh