Afghanistan came into the video game leading the series 1-0 owning won the first ODI before the 2nd was washed away and also looked set to prolong their lead till Balbirnie moved up to the plate to conserve the day for Ireland.
Afghan was dismissed with lower than seven overs to proceed and it was eventually staying to Zadran to up the ante. He persisted to attack the Irish bowlers as they have scored 53 runs in the last 5 overs to cross the 250-run mark.
Rashid Khan then added more stress when he had Stuart Poynter lbw for a duck. Ireland, who were capable of strength in the chase, were now under stress and in danger of reducing the attach having lost 6 wickets for 217.
At the other end, however Balbirnie, who needed seeing his associates disappear at regular intervals, had completed his century and also continued to be the thorn in the skin for the Afghanistan bowlers as he never let the game cross the achieve.