Dublin - Ireland's maiden Test match may have ended in a five-wicket defeat to Pakistan but the 11th Test nation did make an impressive beginning.

Being asked to follow-on, after they were bowled out for 130 in reply to Pakistan's first-innings total of 310/9 declared at The Village in Malahide, Dublin, Ireland posted an impressive 339 in their second essay courtesy a fluent maiden Test century by Kevin O'Brien, who made 118. In doing so, O'Brien became the fourth-highest individual scorer for a team in their debut Test. The three men above him on the list are Australia's Charles Bannerman, Zimbabwe's David Houghton and Bangladesh’s Aminul Islam. The seventh-wicket partnership of 114 runs between O'Brien and Stuart Thompson in Ireland's second innings was the second-highest partnership for a team in their maiden Test.

The record for the highest partnership for any wicket in a country's first-ever Test is held by Houghton and Andy Flower. They added 165 runs for the sixth wicket in the first innings of Zimbabwe's first-ever Test against India.

O'Brien also became the most capped one-day international player for any team at the time of his Test debut. The 34-year-old had played 125 ODIs before his first Test, comfortably clear his teammate William Porterfield, who has played 119 ODIs.

All Ireland players except Boyd Rankin made their Test debuts in the match. Rankin had already played ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals for England and Ireland as well as one Test for England. Rankin joined the list of cricketers – now 15 – who have played Tests for two nations. In the history of Test cricket, only four batsmen have scored centuries on debut with their teams asked to follow on and O'Brien is one of them.