The date 14th May 2018 will go down as a watershed moment in the history of the game and for Irish cricket. On a chilly afternoon in Malahide, Kevin O’Brein became the first batsman to score a Test century for Ireland, finishing on an unbeaten 118 on Day 4 of the nation’s inaugural Test against Pakistan.
His rescue effort, along with a gritty half-century from Stuart Thompson and Tyrone Kane’s defiance, wiped off Pakistan’s 180-run lead after the visitors enforced the follow-on. Furthermore, the runs accumulated by the previous two partnerships has garnered the Irish a lead of 139 runs at Stumps on Day 4, and setting up a tricky final day on Tuesday.
Kevin O’Brien’s century was a groundbreaking moment in not just Irish cricket, but also the game itself. Here are some of the reactions after he brought up his maiden Test century.
How special. Performances from Kingston to Bangalore and now Malahide. 100 for Kevin O’Brien in his team’s first ever Test match. ?? #IrevPak
— AlisonMitchell (@AlisonMitchell) May 14, 2018
May there be many many more after this, but no one can take the privilege of being the 'first' away from Kevin O'Brien. #IREvPAK
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) May 14, 2018
KEVIN O'BRIEN HAS A TEST HUNDRED
A BIG PAPA
THIS IS BONKERS
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) May 14, 2018
What an incredible moment. Ireland's first Test century scored with guts and determination by Kevin O'Brien. Sport can be so beautiful. #IREvPAK
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) May 14, 2018
Kevin O'Brien scored the fastest ever World Cup century in history to beat England. Now, a century on Test debut against Pakistan
— Tim (@timwig) May 14, 2018
100+ scores in their country's maiden Test match..
165* – Charles Bannerman (Aus) in Mar 1877
121 – Dave Houghton (Zim) in Oct 1992
145 – Aminul Islam (Ban) in Nov 2000
100* – Kevin O'Brien (Ire) in May 2018+ (Local time: 6:15 pm) #IrevPak
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 14, 2018
Kevin O'Brien – Ireland's first Test century maker. pic.twitter.com/IKBM5skena
— Emmet Riordan (@emmetrd) May 14, 2018