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"If we get another 40 or 50 it gives us an outside chance and if we bat for an hour or a little bit more it might knock the game out of Pakistan's reach."
Last Updated: 14/05/18 8:01pm
Kevin O'Brien has become the first Ireland batsman to score a Test century after achieving the feat from 186 balls against Pakistan in Dublin.
O'Brien (118no) steered Mohammad Amir through point for two to spark excitement at Malahide on day four of Ireland's maiden Test, one which could yet end with a victory for the home side.
Ireland were asked to follow-on and then tumbled from 64-0 to 157-6 - but O'Brien and Stuart Thompson (53) helped the hosts to 319-7, a lead of 139 with three wickets intact. SCORECARD
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O'Brien has previous on the big stage, of course - he blazed the fastest-ever World Cup hundred by any batsman, off 50 balls, as Ireland beat England in Bengaluru in 2011 and he is now eyeing another huge scalp.
"If we get another 40 or 50 it gives us an outside chance and if we bat for an hour or a little bit more it might knock the game out of Pakistan's reach," said O'Brien at stumps.
"We have to start again [on Tuesday] and look to build the lead as much as we can. We have just got to keep fighting.
"It is pretty special to [score a hundred] on Test debut and from the position we were in. The objective was to bat all day and I am very proud - it's something that can't be taken away.
"It's certainly close to, if not level with, Bangalore."
Will Ireland pull off a stunning win? Find out by watching day five in Dublin from 10.50am on Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket.