Test cricket: Kevin O'Brien hits century as Ireland fight back

Kevin O'Brien slammed the first Test hundred for Ireland

Kevin O’Brien slammed the first Test hundred for Ireland

Ireland recovered well in their second innings to reach Day IV stumps at 319 for seven, with Kevin batting on 118, with Tyrone Kane (batting 8) for company.

However, he insisted that the moment, though "very proud and emotional", still ranked second in his personal annals, behind the blistering 50-ball hundred with which he stunned England at Bangalore in the 2011 World Cup.

But a mix of power and precision hitting from O'Brien hauled Ireland back into the contest and ensures Pakistan will be forced to bat again tomorrow.

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It amazingly leaves all results possible at the start of the final morning - even perhaps just the fourth win by a team following-on in the history of Test cricket - although a mixed forecast could see interruptions later in the day.

Pakistan were hoping for a quick finish to the encounter after fast bowler Mohammad Amir picked up his 100th Test wicket but Kevin had other ideas as he helped stretch the lead to 139 after the hosts were bowled out for 130 in the first essay.

Play will get underway at 11am, with tickets available for just €10 on the gate and under 16s get in free. "And my wife was there, and obviously Niall in the side as well".

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Milestones continued to be reached - first a collective 250, then Thompson's half-century and the three-figure partnership, which were both brought up by with a controlled pull to the fence. "If we can get up 180-odd that gives us a chance of hopefully a draw, and if we can get a few to stay low, we've a great chance to put them under pressure".

Ireland's ambitions are unsated now they they've got Full Member status, with a new stadium commissioned for the National Sports Campus in nearby Abbotstown.

"It's nice to be on the imaginary notice board here in these Portakabin changing rooms, so hopefully when Abbotstown is fully built I can get my name up there", added O'Brien, before acknowledging the pride he felt in having his family in the stands. "Mum and dad don't miss a game", he said.

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Bar a couple of half-decent leg-before shouts early in his innings and a late edge through a vacant third slip, O'Brien's knock was chanceless, the right-hander judging the slow pitch brilliantly and also looking confident against the leg-spin of Shadab Khan, who he played effortlessly off the back foot most of time.

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