Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Jesus Walton

Kevin O'Brien scripts another milestone for Ireland

Kevin O'Brien scripts another milestone for Ireland

There was also more than a hint of regret over how they lost their final three second innings wickets cheaply this morning, leaving Pakistan with a relatively modest victory target of 160 when an extra 50-60 runs could have caused the visitors serious problems.

The Irish side took three wickets early on and looked like they might cause an upset but Pakistan recovered thanks to a partnership between Baba Azam and Iman-Ul-Haq to ruin Ireland's dream of winning their maiden Test match.

That knock ended on 118 to his first ball on Tuesday and despite further fireworks early in Pakistan's innings, Ireland were unable to record what would have been only the fourth win in Test history for a side following on.

Together with the 23-year-old Babar, who made 59 after being dropped on nine shortly after lunch, he shared a stand of 126 that took Pakistan to the brink of an eventual five-wicket win over a competitive Ireland side.

Kevin O'Brien failed to add any runs to his overnight score of 118 before swinging at a wide delivery from Mohammad Abbas and edging to first slip.

Should they go on to claim a win in their first step into the unknown, it would surely prove to be one of the most striking results in global cricket in recent times, with their opponents Pakistan being well-established test side.

"To get up to close to 350 showed what we've got in the changing room and the passion that we have for playing our cricket". Abbas pocketed the last two wickets, as well, to finish with his second five-for in six Tests. Soon, the home fans at Malahide were celebrating as Ireland's pacers tore through Pakistan's top-order.

Pakistan now heads to England for a two-test series, starting next week at Lord's.

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Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood suggested after stumps on Sunday that Amir's lengthy time away from the game allied to the fact he had been involved in all three worldwide formats-Tests, one-dayers and Twenty20s-since coming back had taken a toll on the swing bowler. Unfortunately, he came back after five years [out] and since he came back he has played every format for us.

After being handed a target of 160 runs for victory, Pakistan had a shaky start to their innings.

But Thompson's single off all-rounder Faheem meant Pakistan would have to bat again, while Kevin O'Brien was looking increasingly assured.

"I think it was a fantastic team effort, yesterday belonged to Kevin and very well supported by Tommo and TK".

Welcome to Test cricket Ireland, what a shame it took so long.

Murtagh gave Ireland a flying start with the ball on the final day.

But after a glorious four days in Malahide, following a washed-out opening day, there is now no question that the 11th team to play Test cricket are in any way out of place.

O'Brien was just the fourth player to reach three figures in his country's first men's Test, with Australia's Charles Bannerman, Zimbabwe's Dave Houghton and Bangladesh's Animul Islam the others.

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