33-Year-Old All Rounder Ireland
Republic of Ireland
July 3, 2017 Kevin O'Brien News
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O'Brien hit his way to 58 off 58 not out including three boundaries and a maximum in Sunday's List A victory over the North-West Warriors in the Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup.
In the run-up to the Champions Trophy-as Ireland played willing foil against tougher competition-O'Brien was adrift of form, scoring 20 or fewer runs in each of his last four international innings. His poor form carried into domestic play, but finally found his footing and his 23rd List A half-century on Sunday. His next international fixture comes in August against the Netherlands in the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
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Fantasy AnalysisO'Brien produced a brilliant performance in the fourth ODI of the series, earning himself the Man of the Match title with 72 runs and four wickets. Remarkably, he notched up the hefty run total after initially retiring hurt on just nine runs. Having said that, his hamstring trouble proved too much for the fifth ODI, and he has been left out of the match to be replaced by brother Niall. Ireland won the toss, elected to bat, and were 23/0 at the end of the sixth over.
Fantasy AnalysisThe talismanic allrounder for Ireland produced a double act to lift his side to a three-wicket win to tie the five-game ODI series at 2-2. He firstly took four wickets to restrict the opposition to a score of 220 all out, which included dismissing the top-3 batsmen. O'Brien then returned later in the game with the bat this time to go unbeaten for 72 from 60 balls and get his side over the line with just over three overs remaining and three wickets in the bag.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Brien was the flashy Yang to Porterfield's measured Yin, slashing and hooking eight balls to the boundary off fewer than half the deliveries it took Porterfield to send nine over the rope. His solid contribution of 69 was bookended by a healthy 34 and 33 from Niall O'Brien and Gary Wilson respectively.
Fantasy AnalysisThe supremely talented allrounder shined with both the bat and the ball despite the defeat. As a batsman, his 129.62 strike rate led the team by a wide margin thanks to one four and three maximums. With the ball, he posted a strong 4.50 economy to go along with a team-high four wickets. This was his third four-wicket haul in 82 ODI innings. After two subpar bowling performances in Ireland's last ODIs against Sri Lanka, this was a nice return to form for Ireland's star.
Fantasy AnalysisIreland's talented allrounder had struggled of late, but looked to be in good shape, forming a 68-run partnership with William Porterfield and batting into the 38th over before Nuwan Pradeep caught him LBW. The dismissal effectively ended Ireland's day, as they scored just five more runs after O'Brien was bowled out. He'll look to improve off his half-century and bowling performance in the next ODI on Saturday in Dublin.
Fantasy AnalysisDuring his brief time in the crease, O'Brien combined with Andy Balbirnie for 59 runs across 5.3 overs, boosting Ireland's run rate more than 0.6 runs per over to 6.23 before his dismissal in the 45th over. With a formidable 331 to defend, O'Brien was blitzed for 12 fours and two sixes, but one of his wickets ended Sean Williams' pursuit of a century at 96 for 83 on a controversial ruling. After surrendering 90-plus runs in back-to-back outings, O'Brien's six wickets taken in the World Cup have been offset by a horrid 52.83 average and 9.61 economy rate. On a positive note, he's followed up a run out in the opener by averaging 40.67 at a 108.93 strike rate in the next three games.
Fantasy AnalysisOnly one Irish bowler allowed less than one run per ball, but O'Brien went the other direction, accumulating an atrocious 13.57 economy rate. South African batsmen launched at least two boundaries off O'Brien in six of his seven overs bowled. However, in the other, he at least stopped Faf du Plessis at 109, so the day wasn't all for naught. As he became Ireland's most-capped player, O'Brien salvaged his performance with the ball by racking up at least 48 runs for the second consecutive game. His bowling has thoroughly disappointed in three World Cup matches -- four wickets for a 56.75 average while giving up 9.87 runs per over -- but he's averaging 32.67 with a 107.69 strike rate in the crease.
Fantasy AnalysisBowling with his usual medium pace, O'Brien took a wicket in both of his first two overs, but his final three overs in the death weren't as kind. He offered up short and wide deliveries, which were converted into five of his seven boundaries allowed for 43 runs. Left with 278 to chase, Ireland was unable to sustain anything close to one run per over until Gary Wilson took his place in the crease. When O'Brien entered at 175/5 near the end of the 39th over, he teamed with Wilson to whittle down a required run rate of 9.45, striking eight fours and two sixes to aid a 72-run stand before his own dismissal. After posting his 11th ODI 50, O'Brien's strike rate resides at 100.88 in 2015, but his 22.8 average with the bat and 6.38 economy rate leave something to be desired.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Brien made his entrance with Ireland on the doorstep of a successful chase of 304 runs, but a partnership with his brother, Niall, abruptly ended on a failed attempt to snag two runs. On the bowling side of the equation, Kevin notched the first wicket of the West Indies' innings, forcing Dwayne Smith to loft a ball directly to long on. The outing follows January's Dubai Tri-Series, in which he notched 30, 13, and 21 on his way to a 73.56 strike rate. The allrounder also grabbed four wickets with a 26.00 average and 4.95 runs allowed per over.