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Ireland fights back to set up possible win over Pakistan

AP  |  Dublin 

has an outside chance of winning its inaugural test after led a second-innings recovery with an unbeaten century to lead by 139 runs today heading into the final day.

Hours earlier on day four, the Irish were facing the prospect of an innings defeat but they lost only three wickets in the final two sessions to reach stumps on following on. Even a draw would be a marvelous achievement for a country which was awarded test status only last June.

O'Brien became the to score a test century for and he was there at the close on 118 not out, with his 114-run partnership with (53) for the seventh wicket proving decisive. was with O'Brien on 8 not out.

shrugged off a nagging knee problem to be the pick of the bowlers, finishing the day with figures of 3-57 as he reached 100 test wickets. The left-arm paceman's turbulent test career was interrupted by a jail sentence by an and a five-year ban by the ICC for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

Resuming its second innings on 64 without loss after being asked to follow on and still needing 116 more runs to make bat again, slumped to 123-4 by lunch. When Amir removed (12), caught by in the slips, and (11) was trapped lbw by Mohammad Abbas, was close to clinching victory.

O'Brien's circumspect batting - his 118 has come from 216 balls and contained 12 fours - has ensured Ireland stay alive at Malahide.

Pakistan declared its first innings on 310-9 early on day three. The first day was washed out.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 00:50 IST