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Ireland beat Afghanistan by five wickets, level ODI series

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

and blasted scintillating fifties to guide to a comprehensive five-wicket win over in the fifth ODI and level the five-match series 2-2, here Sunday.

Stirling hit a strokeful 88-ball 70 laced with seven fours and two sixes, while Balbirnie anchored the innings, making a 91-ball 68 as the duo added 81 runs to lay the foundation for the chase after posted 216 for six.

Stirling also shared a 57-run opening stand with Porterfield, while Balbirnie forged a 46-run partnership with KJ O'Brien to take the team home, scoring 219 for five in 47.2 overs.

For Aghanistan, (2/55) took two wickets, while Muheeb Ur Rahman (1/26), (1/47) and (1/41) scalped one each.

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

Earlier put into bat, (82) starred in two valuable partnership -- 76 with (40) and 65 with (35) -- to help score 216 for six in the stipulated 50 overs.

Afghan's 111-ball innings was studded with six fours and a couple of sixes.

"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," Afghan said after the match.

(2/46) snapped two wickets, while Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, and contributed with one wicket each for

Afghanistan had won the first and fourth ODI, Ireland claimed the third and fifth match, while the second game was washed out.

Ireland were beaten 3-0 by Afghanistan in the T20I series.

The two team will now play a one-off Test starting March 15.

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First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 21:00 IST