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Cricket | Afghanistan v Ireland 2017/18

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Stirling, McCarthy drive Ireland turnaround

Ireland came back strongly to win the second one-day international against Afghanistan by 51 runs in Sharjah on Thursday to level the three-match series 1-1.

Full scorecard: Afghanistan v Ireland

Ireland rode on a brilliant 82 by Paul Stirling and 62 not out by George Dockrell to put a fighting 271-9 in their 50 overs before they bowled out Afghanistan for 220 in 45.2 overs.

Medium pacer Barry McCarthy finished with a career best 5-46. The third and final match is on Sunday.

AFGHANISTAN: Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Shafiqullah Shafiq (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Zadran

IREALAND: William Porterfield (capt), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O'Brien (wk), Barry McCarthy, Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase


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