So, Ireland make a meal of a small score. Simi Singh in the end showed nerves of steel to see them through. And they wrap-up their first victory to be alive in this ODI series. Afghanistan are a champion team and you expect them to come storming back in the decider. Join us on Friday for that. Until then, this is Varun Dixit signing off on behalf of Ramakrishnan, Raju and Harish.
William Porterfield, winning skipper: Pretty good performance by the boys. Simi batted really well. It was nice to see us through. I didn't face too many balls so I can't tell you about the pitch. It was a great effort from them to take wickets in the middle overs. It would have been nice to get over the line with 10-15 overs to go but it is important that we won.
Asghar Afghan, losing skipper: We were 25-30 runs short. We lost too many wickets with the new ball. Our bowlers bowled really well after first 15 overs. Wicket was difficult.
Balbirnie: "We needed a win like that after the last game. Would have been nice if I remained not out. I enjoy playing for Ireland. I anticipate a close game again on Friday."
Excellent all-round effort by Simi Singh. Took a wicket and then kept his calm under pressure to steer his side home. Poterfield fell early in the chase, but Stirling and Balbirnie shared a 69-run stand for the second wicket to put Ireland on top. However, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan put the brakes on the scoring with regular inroads. Simi Singh stayed put at one end and saw off some tough phases when the Afghan spinners were on top. Balbirnie played very well to ensure a good start for the hosts.
Mohammad Nabi [8.0-2-30-2] is back into the attack
So it still is 8 runs needed and 3 wickets in hand
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [9.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack
Ireland need 12 runs. Mujeeb has one more over, he's coming on now
Tense faces in both camps. Ireland need 17 runs, Afghanistan need 3 wickets.
Slip and gully in now. Calls for a shoort mid-wicket as well
This is the final over for Rashid Khan. Can he take one more in the next three balls?
Tim Murtagh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Andy McBrine, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Aftab Alam to Wilson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Aftab Alam [6.0-1-27-0] is back into the attack
Just 21 more needed for Ireland
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [7.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rashid Khan [6.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
Mohammad Nabi [7.0-2-23-2] is back into the attack
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [5.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
Gulbadin Naib [5.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Aftab Alam [4.0-1-17-0] is back into the attack
Simi Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Rashid Khan [3.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Slip in for Kevin O Brien.
Kevin O Brien, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Nabi to Niall O Brien, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Gulbadin Naib [3.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. Ireland are cruising at the moment. Afghanistan need wickets in bulk to come back in this match.
Body language of Afghanistan have improved after taking the wicket.
Niall O Brien, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Nabi to Stirling, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Gulbadin Naib, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Aftab Alam, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Andrew Balbirnie, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mujeeb to Porterfield, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Porterfield and Stirling are at the crease. Porterfield is on strike. Mujeeb will open the attack