Pakistan beat Ireland by five wickets in one-off Test

Pakistan beat Ireland by five wickets in one-off Test

Kevin O'Brien of Ireland celebrates after scoring a century during day four of the International Cricket Test match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide, in Co.

Abbas swiftly removed Boyd Rankin (6) and Tyrone Kane (14) to return second-innings figures of 5-66.

Ireland's Tyrone Kane (right) congratulates teammate Kevin O'Brien on his century on day four of the worldwide test match against Pakistan in Dublin, Ireland, Monday May 14.

Pakistan chased 160 runs target with the loss of five wickets in their one-off Test against Ireland at Malahide on Tuesday.

Monday's innings was O'Brien's first hundred for Ireland in 169 matches in all formats since his Bangalore bonanza and meant the Irish had a shot at becoming only the fourth side in the 141-year history of men's Test cricket to win after following-on.

Since the first day of the Test was washed-out, the toss took place on Day 2 and as a result, the provisions for four-day games became applicable.

Ireland resumed with veteran opener Ed Joyce, arguably their greatest batsman of all time, 39 not out and captain William Porterfield unbeaten on 23.

But with Pakistan 20 runs shy of victory, a mix-up saw Babar run out.

Amir was not operating at top speed to begin with on Monday-often the case with many fully-fit pacemen when they bowl their first over of the day-and flexed his knee while walking gingerly between overs.

Mohammad Amir completed his 100 Test wickets.

Kevin O'Brien believes his latest hundred can be the springboard for a dramatic Ireland success just as his last one set up a stunning World Cup victory over England seven years ago.

However, the Dubliner put together a highly composed 118-not-out and coupled with Stuart Thompson's 53, Ireland are now in control.

"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".

Overly-cautious field placements and Amir's sporadic use were helping, and it was no surprise that it took the return of Pakistan's chief threat to dismiss Gary Wilson, fishing outside off, to give Amir his 100th Test wicket.

However, with Ireland struggling at 157/6, Kevin O'Brien and Thompson came to the rescue as they amassed a 114-run partnership, during which Thompson brought up his half-century.

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