Andy Balbirnie century guides Ireland to victory over Afghanistan
Andy Balbirnie gave Afghanistan a taste of their own medicine Tuesday, smashing a brilliant unbeaten 145 as Ireland claimed their first win of a punishing series.
The 28-year-old Dubliner anchored Ireland’s innings as they passed Afghanistan’s 256-8 with an over to spare to win by four wickets.
Najibullah Zadran hit an unbeaten 104 as Afghanistan recovered from losing five cheap wickets to set a score that they must have thought was enough to preserve their unbeaten record in the series.
But Balbirnie hit eight sixes and eight fours to set up the morale-boosting win that levelled the five match 50 over series 1-1, with two matches to play.
Ireland were whitewashed in the earlier T20 games in which a series of world records fell.