Result
5th ODI (D/N), Dehradun, Mar 10 2019, Ireland tour of India
216/6
(47.2/50 ov, target 217)
219/5
Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
1y
• ESPNcricinfo staff

Stirling, Balbirnie lead Ireland to series-levelling win

The feature of their 81-run stand that brought Ireland within sniffing distance of their target was the manner in which they negotiated Afghanistan's spinners

Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Ankur Dhawan
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan216/6(50 overs)
Ireland219/5(47.2 overs)

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 478 runs
IRE: 215/4CRR: 4.57 • RRR: 0.66 • Need 2 from 18b
Kevin O'Brien33 (42)
George Dockrell0 (0)
Rashid Khan10-0-41-1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman10-2-26-1
46.6
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
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, no run
full on middle, pushed to cover
46.2
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 464 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 207/4CRR: 4.5 • RRR: 2.50 • Need 10 from 24b
Kevin O'Brien25 (36)
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
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Balbirnie, no run
end of over 455 runs
IRE: 203/3CRR: 4.51 • RRR: 2.80 • Need 14 from 30b
Andy Balbirnie66 (87)
Kevin O'Brien23 (34)
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
44.5
Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run
length on middle, pushed to cover
44.4
1
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, 1 run
full on middle, clears his left leg to allow the bat to come through, chips it just short of long-off
44.3
1
Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, 1 run
length on off, hangs back and pushes it to deep cover
Best performances - batsmen
Asghar Afghan
82 runs (111)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
19 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
9963165727
PR Stirling
70 runs (88)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
cover drive
19 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
5775201196
Best performances - bowlers
GH Dockrell
O
10
M
1
R
46
W
2
Eco
4.60
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Zahir Khan
O
10
M
0
R
55
W
2
Eco
5.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
TossIreland , elected to field first
SeriesIreland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Asghar Afghan
Player Of The Series
Andy Balbirnie
Series result5-match series drawn 2-2
Match numberODI no. 4110
Season2018/19
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45
Match days10 March 2019 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Zahir Khan
Umpires
Bismillah Jan Shinwari
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Ahmed Shah Pakteen
Reserve Umpire
Izatullah Safi
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath