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So, that wraps up the formalities of this game. The series has gone well and now the decider is set to be a cracking one. Join us on 24th March at 0930 local (0400 GMT) to catch all the action. Until next time, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!

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IRELAND SKIPPER, WILLIAM PORTERFIELD is relieved at the victory. Says that the last two games were must-win games and the next one is no different. Opines that bowling a side out on such pitches isn't easy and is proud of his bowlers for doing the job. Praises Kevin O'Brien for the knock and his stand with Gary Wilson. States that there have been some forced changes in the squad and adds that Kevin's condition will be assessed before taking a call for the next game.

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AFGHANISTAN SKIPPER, ASGHAR STANIKZAI says it was a good batting wicket. Credits Kevin O'Brien for the way he batted in spite of being injured. Adds he is not happy with the batting performance of his side but is really proud of the efforts shown by 7. 8. 9, 10 batsmen. Ends by saying Ireland have come back well and he hopes Afghanistan do well in the series decider.

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MAN OF THE MATCH, KEVIN O'BRIEN says he's not feeling well at the moment but is happy to take his team over the line. Adds Afghanistan are a good bowling team and agrees they knew the Afghans won't give it away easily. Is delighted to finish it off for his side today.

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Nabi was the pick of the Afghanistani bowlers with a 4-fer while Naib was tidy as well. However, the other bowlers weren't able to create constant pressure. Stanikzai's main weapon Rashid Khan did pick up two wickets but wasn't threatening at all and leaked runs as well with O'Brien taking a special liking to the leggie. Earlier in the day, Afghanistan's lower order saved them the blushes after O'Brien's heroics had led the Irish charge to reduce the hosts to 83/7 at one stage. However, the total was at least 20-25 runs short.

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Excellent win for Ireland and they have stretched the series to the decider. Chasing a moderate target of 221, they got off to a steady start but Nabi's introduction changed things as they started to stutter in the chase. 48/0 became 102/4 and to make matters worse, Kevin O'Brien had retired hurt as well. It seemed like the chase was getting derailed but once O'Brien returned, things changed. He played an exceptional knock, staying till the end to guide his side home. His 66-run stand with Wilson turned the game on its head.

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Dawlat Zadran to Kevin O'Brien

FOUR! Kevin O'Brien seals the deal for his side and levels the series 2-2! It all started with him this morning and has ended with him, whattey all rounder! A low full toss on the pads, Kevin O'Brien flicks it neatly through square leg and the ball races away to the fence for a boundary. IRELAND WIN BY 3 WICKETS AND 19 BALLS TO SPARE!

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Dawlat Zadran to Kevin O'Brien

FOUR! That will do! What a hit that is! Zadran hurls in a length delivery on middle, Kevin O'Brien stays back and mauls the pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.

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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

Bangs in a short ball down the leg side, Dockrell misses his glance as the ball goes off the gloves towards the leg side for a single.

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Dawlat Zadran to Kevin O'Brien

Angled in on the pads, Kevin O'Brien tucks it in front of square for a single.

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Dawlat Zadran to Kevin O'Brien

On a length, slower in pace, Kevin defends it back down the wicket.

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Rashid Khan to Kevin O'Brien

Around middle, whipped through the leg side for a single. Just 7 needed from 4 overs now!

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Rashid Khan to Kevin O'Brien

Another googly around off, Kevin O'Brien comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. A loud, loud appeal for LBW but it's turned down. Maybe, the impact was just outside the line.

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Rashid Khan to Kevin O'Brien

FOUR! Almost a wicket! Rashid bowls a googly around off, Kevin looks to drive it through but gets a thick inside edge which rolls past the leg pole and races down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. The tourists won't mind it at all.

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Rashid Khan to George Dockrell

Once again it's flat and short outside off, Dockrell cuts it behind point for one more.

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Rashid Khan to Kevin O'Brien

Flatter outside off, cut through backward point for a single.

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Rashid Khan to George Dockrell

Full around middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.

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Dawlat Zadran to Kevin O'Brien

FOUR! IS THAT A DROPPED CHANCE? Seems so as Zadran is livid at the effort! Usman Ghani the culprit! Back of a length ball outside off, Kevin sees the width and goes after it. Gets a thick outside edge towards short third man where Ghani is late to react and to make the matters worse, the ball bursts off his fingers and rolls down to the fence for a boundary. This could surely be the turning point of the game now!

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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

Slower full delivery on off, George drives it towards mid off and sets off. Rehmat Shah has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A single taken.

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Dawlat Zadran to Kevin O'Brien

Leg bye! A shout for an LBW! Angles in a length delivery on middle, Kevin looks to flick it across the line but misses as the ball goes off the pads towards the off side. Zadran is busy appealing for an LBW but the height seems to be an issue there. The pair crosses for a leg bye.

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