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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 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75