That is it from this game. Ireland have levelled the 5-match ODI series 1-1. The 4th ODI will be played on Friday, 8th March at the same venue. That game will begin at 1300 local (0730 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!
Andy Balbirnie is the obvious choice for the Man of the Match award. He admits that there was some pressure and also adds that his form was not good. Talks about the pressure while playing against some world-class players. Says that the team will enjoy this win and carry the confidence forward in the series. Adds that they know that it was not a perfect performance and they will work on a few things.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says he is happy to win the game. Admits that they did not start well but Balbirnie played really well. States it is great to see an innings like Balbirnie's. Mentions that their series against Afghanistan is always closely contested and they will try to take the lead in the next match. Adds that it's great to see such superb performance from his team. Signs off by saying that this win will give them a lot of confidence.
Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan says it is always disappointing to lose the game. Admits some batsmen played poor shots and that cost them. Regrets the dropped catches and credits Balbirnie for his excellent knock. Hopes to come back strongly in the next game.
Afghanistan will be disappointed here. They had the conditions conducive for their style of bowling but still failed to create enough pressure in the middle overs. The start though was a good one with Mujeeb removing the Irish skipper early and then Dawlat Zadran striking twice in the 8th over. But, from there, Ireland clawed their way back. Even when Dockrell got dismissed, the Afghans had 41 runs to play with but the presence of Balbirnie never allowed their spinners to settle down. The fielding from Afghanistan was also very sloppy as they dropped Balbirnie twice, once when he was on 51 and then towards the end with 7 needed off 11 balls.
Outstanding victory for Ireland to level the series 1-1! We witnessed a fabulous knock from Andy Balbirnie in a run chase and considering the sluggish nature of the deck, this knock has to be one of the very best from an Irish batsman. They were in the doldrums after losing four wickets for only 73 but the 143-run stand between Balbirnie and Dockrell revived their innings. The pair batted smartly against the Afghan spinners and always kept the required rate under check.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! IRELAND WIN BY 4 WICKETS! Zadran dishes out a full length ball outside off, Balbirnie throws his bat at it and slices it over backward point for a boundary. He roars in delight, what a win for the Irish team!
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Too full in length on off, a cracking square drive by Andy but he finds the point fielder.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! A low full toss on middle, Balbirnie moves back to make some room and drills his drive through covers for a boundary. Scores are levelled.
D Zadran to A McBrine, Good length delivery outside off, McBrine looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It rolls near the surface and they steal a run.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Dropped. This game would have become very interesting here had he taken the catch. Slower bouncer on leg, Balbirnie goes for the pull but he mishits it and it goes towards the short fine leg fielder. Rahmat Shah there drops a dolly and they take a single.
D Zadran to A McBrine, Length delivery on middle and off, McBrine flicks it towards mid-wicket and gives the strike to Andy Balbirnie.
END OF OVER: 48 | 9 Runs 0 Wkt | IRE: 249/6
R Khan to A McBrine, Goes down on one knee and sweeps it wide of short fine leg for a run. 8 needed more.
R Khan to A McBrine, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Smartly gets a single after hitting a biggie. Knocks it down to wide long on for a run.
R Khan to A Balbirnie, SIX! Slog sweeps have been a special feature of this Balbirnie knock. Tossed up ball around middle, Andy is down on one knee in a flash and spanks it over mid-wicket.
R Khan to A McBrine, DROPPED! Another googly, McBrine fails to pick and has a tame push inside the line from the back foot. Edges it behind but Shahzad fails to catch it and they cross.
R Khan to A McBrine, A googly around off, a stunning delivery, McBrine leans to defend but it spins away to beat the outside edge.
END OF OVER: 47 | 10 Runs 0 Wkt | IRE: 240/6
D Zadran to A McBrine, Full length delivery on off, McBrine hits it straight to the fielder at mid off.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Length delivery outside off, Balbirnie hits it towards point and takes a single.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Slower bouncer on middle and leg, Balbirnie makes room but leaves it thinking it was too high. The umpires though have no problem with it.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, SIX! Six the moment it left the bat. Shorter in length, Balbirnie picks it early and whacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Good length delivery on middle, Balbirnie hits it uppishly towards cover fielder.