Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That's all from Saurabh, Thilak and me. Thanks for joining and we look forward to your company for the Test match on the 15th.

Andy Balbirnie is the man of the series All the batters are aware how good their spinners are. I just kind of knew my game, we watched a lot of their footage.

Asghar Afghan It was a good series, we are targeting the world cup, so we made changes in every match. Top order's a concern, the Test match should offer an opportunity.

8.00pm After being walloped in the T20Is and trailing twice during the ODIs, Ireland have done superbly to draw level, with a comprehensive five-wicket win here. Andy Balbirnie was a major contributor again, anchoring the chase to perfection with 91-ball 68 to follow up on his match winning hundred earlier. But Paul Stirling was the star, his charge curtailed by a contentious lbw decision that he was visibly furious about. His 88-ball 70 brought Ireland within sniffing distance of the target and the middle-order did enough to take them home without much drama. The pitch certainly got better to bat on under lights, but Ireland still had a strong spin attack to contend with and they did so beautifully. Afghanistan would be disappointed but they've been in an experimental mode through the series, making three or four changes on an average to test their bench, leading into the World Cup.

47.2
4
Mohammad Nabi to Poynter, FOUR runs, full toss down the legside, tickled away down to fine-leg and that's the match
47.1
W
Mohammad Nabi to Dockrell, OUT, length outside off, too close to the body to flay his hands through that one, drags it back onto the stumps

GH Dockrell b Mohammad Nabi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

END OF OVER:
47 | 8 Runs | IRE: 215/4 (2 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.57, RRR: 0.66)

  • Kevin O'Brien33 (42b)
  • George Dockrell0 (0b)
  • Rashid Khan10-0-41-1
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman10-2-26-1
46.6
0
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, no run, full on off, comes forward and defends
46.5
2
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, 2 runs, length outside off, cut away past point, they look for two, the batsman has to hurry through as the throw is right above the stumps and Shahzad whips the bails off. Third-umpire called. He was well in, however
46.4
4
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, FOUR runs, full on off, slight turn away, the batsman defended with soft hands, getting a thick outside edge but all along the ground, past slip's right and down to third-man for four
46.3
0
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, no run, full on middle, pushed to cover
46.2
0
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, no run, full on off, spins sharply away as the batsman lunges forward to defend it
46.1
2
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, 2 runs, length outside off, punched to deep cover's left and they come through for two

END OF OVER:
46 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 207/4 (10 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.50, RRR: 2.50)

  • Kevin O'Brien25 (36b)
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman10-2-26-1
  • Rashid Khan9-0-33-1
45.6
W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Balbirnie, OUT, quicker one, pitched on off, deviated sharply back in off the surface and through the gap between bat and pad as he remained rooted to the crease

A Balbirnie b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 68 (91b 4x4 0x6) SR: 74.72

45.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to O'Brien, 1 run, short outside off, punched through the covers, down to deep cover for one
45.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Balbirnie, 1 run, googly, tossed up on off, pushed to long-off for one
45.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to O'Brien, 1 run, length on middle, hangs back and pushes it to long-on
45.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Balbirnie, 1 run, full on middle, pushed to long-on
45.1
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Balbirnie, no run,

END OF OVER:
45 | 5 Runs | IRE: 203/3 (14 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.51, RRR: 2.80)

  • Andy Balbirnie66 (87b)
  • Kevin O'Brien23 (34b)
  • Rashid Khan9-0-33-1
  • Shapoor Zadran8-0-46-0
44.6
1
Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, 1 run, full on middle, pushed past the bowler, down to long-on for one

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st57WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
2nd81A BalbirniePR Stirling
3rd23A BalbirnieSimi Singh
4th46KJ O'BrienA Balbirnie
5th8KJ O'BrienGH Dockrell
6th4KJ O'BrienSW Poynter