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Kevin O'Brien scores century to leave Pakistan Test match finely balanced

By Liam Blackburn

Kevin O'Brien produced another memorable international century to leave Ireland's inaugural Test with Pakistan fascinatingly poised following the hosts' spirited fourth-day fightback.

Seven years after O'Brien smashed the quickest World Cup ton in a match-winning innings against England, he marched into three figures again, making 118 not out as Ireland, who had been made to follow-on, progressed to 319 for seven, a 139-run lead.

With showers possible today, not to mention scoreboard pressure, all results still appear possible when it had seemed like a Pakistan victory was a foregone conclusion at the start of yesterday's play.

"It's a very proud and emotional moment," he said.

"To get there, it's a great honour. Hopefully now we've put ourselves in a good position to try and go ahead and win it. There's no reason why we can't.

"If I can continue on for another hour and a half, that 118 changes to 170-odd and then we get a crack at them, try and get them a couple down early and see where we go."

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