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  • Friday 04, December 2020
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Kevin O'Brien`s 118 runs brings back Ireland in fighting position on day 4

Kevin O'Brien`s 118 runs brings back Ireland in fighting position on day 4

Kevin O'Brien became the first Ireland batsman to score a 100 in men's Test cricket as the debutants avoided an innings defeat by Pakistan.

Ireland, made to follow-on, were 319 for 7 on the fourth day at Malahide — a lead of 139 runs.

O'Brien was 118 not out, having top-scored, with Stuart Thompson 58 providing good support.

Earlier, Pakistan's Mohammad Amir took his 100th Test wicket and for all O'Brien's defiance the tourists remained well-placed to win this one-off match Ireland started the day on their highly creditable overnight 64 without loss.

But they lost four wickets in Monday's first session, with left-arm quick Amir — who had both openers dropped during a brief spell on Sunday before going off with a knee problem — enjoying a burst of two wickets for no runs in six balls.

It was a heartening sign for Pakistan ahead of their upcoming two-Test series in England that will feature back-to-back fixtures at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).



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