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Eire staged a fightback in opposition to Pakistan on day 4 in their first-ever Take a look at, because of centurion Kevin O’Brien (L). (AP / PA: Niall Carson)
He used to be there when Eire beat Pakistan on the 2007 Global Cup, his quickest Global Cup century helped his nation beat England 4 years later, and now Kevin O’Brien has registered Eire’s first-ever Take a look at ton.
The milestone used to be excess of only a private triumph, because the 34-year-old Dubliner helped Eire soar again from the follow-on on day 4 of the rustic’s first-ever Take a look at fit.
The house facet now could be in sight of a conceivable draw in opposition to Pakistan, with simply the barest sniff of an not going victory at Malahide.
Hours previous on day 4, the Irish confronted the possibility of an innings defeat however they misplaced handiest 3 wickets within the ultimate two periods to succeed in stumps on 7-319 of their 2d innings after following on.
Cricket Eire tweet: HISTORY MAKER! @KevinOBrien113 has our first ever Take a look at century! Take a bow! #IREvPAK #BackingGreen
Even a draw can be a marvellous fulfillment for a rustic which used to be awarded Take a look at standing handiest remaining June.
O’Brien was the primary participant to attain a Take a look at century for Eire and he used to be there on the shut on 118 no longer out, along with his 114-run partnership with Stuart Thompson (53) for the 7th wicket proving decisive.
Tyrone Kane used to be with O’Brien on 8 no longer out on the shut.
Mohammed Amir shrugged off a nagging knee drawback to be the select of the bowlers, completing the day with figures of Three-57 as he reached 100 Take a look at wickets.
Resuming their 2d innings on Zero-64 after being requested to stick with on and nonetheless wanting 116 extra runs to make Pakistan bat once more, Eire had slumped to Four-123 by way of lunch.
When Amir got rid of Gary Wilson (12), stuck by way of Haris Sohail within the slips, and Paul Stirling (11) used to be trapped lbw by way of Mohammad Abbas, Pakistan seemed to be set for a relaxed victory.
However O’Brien’s circumspect batting — his 118 has come from 216 balls and contained 12 fours — has ensured Eire keep alive at Malahide.
ICC tweet: Presenting @Irelandcricket’s Take a look at fit honours board! #IREvPAK
O’Brien’s century compelled Eire to arrange an impromptu honour board in a demountable on the flooring.
In 2011 at Bangalore, O’Brien crunched 113 runs off 63 balls — together with 13 fours and 6 massive sixes — as Eire chased down a goal of 328 for a well-known victory.
That win, coupled with any other giant disillusioned by way of the Irish in opposition to Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica on the earlier Global Cup — the place O’Brien used to be there on the end along Trent Johnston — kickstarted the frenzy for Eire to get Take a look at standing.
Pakistan continues to be a superb opportunity of profitable, despite the fact that with rain forecast for day 5 a draw is a most likely result.
However the efforts of O’Brien and the remainder of the Irish facet implies that the house facet’s bowlers gets one remaining crack on the vacationers searching for incredible glory.