Ireland vs Pakistan Only Test Day 4: O’Brien’s maiden Test century hands Ireland 139-run lead

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Kevin O’Brien is all smiles after scoring Ireland’s first-ever century in Test cricket

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Kevin O’Brien tormented Pakistan on the fourth day in Dublin as he made history by scoring his maiden Test century and Ireland’s first-ever Test hundred.

O’Brien was well supported by Stuart Thompson, who made a hard-fought 53, as Ireland managed to forge a 139-run lead.

Starting off the day on 64/0, Ireland only added five runs to their overnight score before opener Ed Joyce was run out by debutant Faheem Ashraf for 43.

Andy Balbirnie was on his way back the very next over as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas for a duck.

Wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien managed to make 19 runs before he was clean bowled by Mohammad Amir, who then took out captain William Porterfield for 32 in his next over.

Paul Stirling mustered 11 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Abbas, while Gary Wilson fared no better as he was sent packing for 12.

However, with Ireland struggling at 157/6, Kevin O’Brien and Thompson came to the rescue as they amassed a 114-run partnership, during which Thompson brought up his half-century.

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Stuart Thompson raises his bat after bringing up his maiden Test fifty

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Shortly after doing so, Thompson was clean bowled by Shadab Khan for a career-best 53, which came off 116 balls and included six boundaries.

O’Brien and Tyrone Kane kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 48-run partnership, the majority of which was dominated by O’Brien, before stumps was called.

O’Brien finished on 118 off 216 balls, which included 12 boundaries, while Kane remained undefeated on eight off 67 deliveries, which included a solitary boundary.

Amir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Abbas took two and Shadab chipped in with one.

Ireland ended day four on 319/7 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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