Ireland threatening to pull off upset win against Pakistan

Kevin O'Brien slammed the first Test hundred for Ireland

Kevin O’Brien slammed the first Test hundred for Ireland

But O'Brien Jr's 118 not out against Pakistan yesterday, in Ireland's inaugural Test match at Malahide, tops the lot and may well be the best individual innings of all time by an Ireland global batsman.

Kevin O'Brien, who on Monday became the first Ireland batsman to score a Test hundred, fell to his first ball Tuesday as Mohammad Abbas had him caught by Haris at slip for 118.

But after Tyrone Kane had seen out Tuesday's opening over from Mohammad Amir, who took his 100th Test wicket on Monday, Abbas struck.

That wasn't to be the only remarkable moment of Ireland's initiation as a Test match nation.

Pakistan, set a seemingly modest 160 to win, after earlier making Ireland follow-on, collapsed to 14 for three before lunch on the fifth day.

Ireland´s Kevin O´Brien celebrates his century during play on day four of Ireland´s inaugural test match against Pakistan. It has given the hosts a sniff of victory in their maiden Test match.

Following-on, Ireland resumed on 64 without loss.

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Imam showed his maturity and class to guide the tourists away from danger, scoring the winning runs to finish on 74 not out as Pakistan reached 160-5 just before tea. His first 14 Tests saw Amir take 51 wickets at just a fraction over 23 runs apiece, but his 16 completed Tests since his comeback yielded 44 wickets at a more expensive average of 37.25.

They lost Ed Joyce (43 runs) and Andrew Balbirnie (zero runs) in back to back overs in the first thirty minutes of the day.

Both Niall O'Brien and William Porterfield should have been run out before Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed finally turned to Amir.

When Thompson was bowled by leg-spinner Shadab Khan for 53, Ireland were 271 for seven.

"It's a new-ball pitch and one or two are starting to keep low as we head towards the end so if we can bat on for another hour and a half, get the lead up to 170 and then nip a couple out early on then you never know".

It was a concerning sight for Pakistan ahead of a back-to-back two-Test series against England that starts at Lord's on May 24, but Azhar said: "We are hoping the injury he's had is not much and we are pretty confident it's not going to take too long (to heal)".

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

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