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  • 5:10 PM IST

    That is it. Ireland finally taste victory. Balbirnie and Stirling take their team over the line. However, the series is still in Afghanistan’s favour. They are 2-1 ahead in the 5-ODI series. Well, that is it from us. See you tomorrow for the fourth contest.

  • 4:44 PM IST

    Fasten your seat belts. Game on, folks. Balbirnie has upped the ante. Ireland need 24 off 24. Afghanistan need wickets to get back in the contest.

  • 4:16 PM IST

    OUT! Stirling falls 1 short of scoring his ton. His consecutive score in the 90s. Poor fellow had scored 95 in the last match. He would have been disappointed. However, he has put his side in command. They now need 78 off 66.

  • 3:50 PM IST

    Paul Stirling inching towards hundred. Ireland need 119 off 17.4 overs. This game is going down the wire, I tell you. Afghanistan need wickets. But they need to remove the dangerman Stirling to get back in the contest.

  • 3:22 PM IST

    Stirling has continued where he left from. Another fifty for the big man. Can he gift Ireland their first victory of the series? However, Niall O’Brien seemed to have got his eye in. He is holding fort from other end.

  • 2:54 PM IST

    Paul stirling, who scored 95 in the first innings, is still at the crease. However, he is playing the waiting game, given his team has lost 2 wickets. Along with Niall O’Brien, the belligerent batsman should form a long partnership.

  • 2:09 PM IST

    OUT! Dawlat draws first blood. Ed Joyce takes the long walk. Brilliant start for Afghanistan. Few more wickets and they will be in command.

  • 2:05 PM IST

    **Ireland innings**

  • 1:14 PM IST

    91 runs off the last 10 overs, courtesy Rashid Khan and Shafiqullah’s late blitz. From 67 for 5, they have done a commendable job to post 265 for 8. Well, they play as if they have nothing to lose. However, it is a do-or-die clash for Ireland. If they lose this match, they will face consecutive series defeat against Afghanistan on this tour.

  • 12:18 PM IST

    A six and a couple of fours in the last 2 overs. All came of Rashid Khan’s bat. He is not one to back down. He is soldiering the responsibility to steady the unstable ship. 10 overs to go. Afghanistan need to put up at least 250.

Afghanistan lead Ireland 2-0 © PTI
Afghanistan lead Ireland 2-0 © PTI

Hello and welcome to live cricket score and updates of the third ODI of the five-match series between Afghanistan and Ireland at Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, India. We will bring you all the live cricket updates from the social media universe and keep you entertained on this Super Sunday (imagine Danny Morrison shouting the previous sentence on the top of his voice). Meanwhile, our correspondent Aditya Sahay will be covering the contest from the venue, sending us live photos from his overrated iPhone (yes, he prefers a smart phone over a DSLR), while I, Kaustubh S. Mayekar, will enlighten (for the better choice of words) you from the desk. LIVE Cricket Scorecard, Afghanistan vs Ireland, 3rd ODI at Greater NOIDA

So far, no good for Ireland. First, they lost the three-match T20I series 0-3. Then, they lost ODIs. Now, they are on the verge of losing another series, letting Afghanistan maintain a clean sheet. However, they were painfully close to winning the previous encounter. In the pursuit of 339 runs, they posted 304, thanks to Paul Stirling’s 95 off 80 inclusive of 9 fours and 5 sixes. To add fuel to the fire, he had taken a stunning six-wicket haul in the first innings (don’t you think 6-for has become a style statement of late?). Well, let me tell you that leg-spinner Rashid Khan went on to take a 6-for as well, overshadowing Stirling’s performance and sealing the deal.

Credit also goes to captain Asghar Stanikzai. He led from the front and scored his maiden international ton, helping Afghanistan register their highest ever total in the 50-over format.

In other news, Ireland will be expecting their talismanic all-rounder Kevin O’Brien to be in the best of his fitness, as he had missed the previous contest due to a hamstring niggle.

All in all, with three more matches to go, Ireland still have an opportunity to avenge the loss and claim the series.


Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nasir Jamal, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Fareed Ahmad, Amir Hamza

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Andy McBrine, Jacob Mulder, Barry McCarthy, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young