Third one-day international, Dehra Dun
Afghanistan 256-8 (50 overs): N Zadran 104*; Afghan 75
Ireland: 260-6 (49.0 overs): Balbirnie 145*, Dockrell 54
Ireland won by four wickets

Ireland was helped by An exceptional unbeaten 145 from Andrew Balbirnie to a triumph over Afghanistan at the next one-day international.

Balbirnie struck eight sixes – a Ireland record – in his highest ODI score as they chased 257 by having an over to spare in Dehradun to measure the series at 1-1.

He added 143 after Ireland slipped to 29-3 and 73-4, using George Dockrell, that left 54.

Najibullah Zadran made an unbeaten 104 in the 256-8 of Afghanistan.

Before the series finale on Sunday, the ODI takes place at precisely the same place on Friday.

Afghanistan won the Twenty20 series 3-0.

Zadran’s century, along with 75 – they shared with a rack of 117 – rescued Afghanistan when they won the toss.

Boyd Rankin chose 2-56 and Tim Murtagh 2-60 to get Ireland.

Balbirnie entered the fray in 13-1 and the other 2 wickets quickly dropped from Kevin O’Brien before a lively 21.

The venture with Dockrell proved crucial as Ireland registered a triumph at the attempt on the Afghans.