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Kevin O’Brien Creates History and Can Top Bangalore Brilliance

Kevin O’Brien Creates History and Can Top Bangalore Brilliance

It is definitely not the first time that Kevin O’Brien has come to the rescue of Irish national cricket team, as he stood as a rock in the centre to slowly and unexpectedly turn the tables in their favour.

Cricket news: Bangalore is definitely No. 1, but if I can continue, this could top that: Kevin O’Brien

It was March 2, 2011 in Bangalore when Ireland were playing a world cup game against England. The English batsmen had scored a massive total of 327 and at one point Ireland were struggling with 111 for 5.

This is when Kevin O’Brien came to bat and scored 113 off 63 balls and took his team over the line. Many had thought that would be his highlighting moment of his career.

But after seven years, the history-maker finds himself once again in the middle of something special, which might out-do the Bangalore brilliance.

On the historic fourth day of their debut test match against Pakistan, Ireland had a shaky start as they got all-out for 130 in the first innings in reply to Pakistan’s 310 for 9.

They were forced to follow-on and after an overnight score of 64 for 0, they slipped to 123 for 4 by lunch in the 4th day. From there thanks to Kevin O’Brien and his outstanding century, they have taken a healthy lead of 139 runs and are getting hopeful to win their debut test.

The 34-year-old became the fifth player to score a ton in their nation’s debut Test match, and is hopeful that if he can continue his innings can overtake the Bangalore heist.

"For me, Bangalore is definitely No.1, for the sheer moment of where it was and who it was against, in the World Cup. If I I can continue [tomorrow] for another hour and a half, to 170-odd, this could top it. We'll have to see how we pull up tomorrow," said O'Brien after the 4th day's play.

He also praised his lower order teammate Stuart Thompson, who scored a half-century, with whom he added a 114-run partnership.

"Batting for five hours takes its toll. But Thompson was brilliant after tea, he took pressure off me, letting me score in singles while we were going at 3.5 an over, and for TK to bat 60-odd balls in tough circumstances against an unbelievably high quality attack, hats off," said O'Brien.

"It's a new-ball wicket. There's still a bit of nibble around and if it's overcast, it'll certainly swing. If we can get up 180-odd that gives us a chance of hopefully a draw, and if we can get a few to stay low, we've a great chance to put them under pressure," O’Brien added.

"It [Test century] was a very proud and emotional moment, to get there is a great honour, and hopefully we've put ourselves in a good position to go on and win it. There's no reason why we can't. We've just got to start off well tomorrow," O’Brien concluded.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77