Irish spirits high despite loss

first_img Ireland are still in the tournament and victory in their final match against Pakistan will ensure their progression to the knock-out stages “No I don’t think it (our confidence) can (be dented),” Porterfield said at the post-match presentation. “There’s a lot of good things to take from the game.” There were also some areas Porterfield felt his side could have improved on. Ireland had been in a strong position to post a much bigger total at 206 for three with 11 overs to go, but were pegged back before being dismissed off the final ball of the 49th over. “We are disappointed as we could have got another 50 or 60 at least. But you have to give a lot of credit to them (India), the way they kept fighting and came back and how well they played with the bat they made it look very easy,” he added. “It was a very good pitch, there was a lot of help and we capitalised on that. We couldn’t kick on like their pair and that was the difference. “The way the lads came in and play with freedom…we just lost wickets at key times but all in all we played very well. “We will refresh, we have put in a lot of yards, win and we are through to the quarter-finals so we have to be ready for that. Press Association Ireland captain William Porterfield insists his side’s confidence will not be dented despite their comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to India. Ireland made 259 batting first but in-form holders India cruised to victory, reaching their target with more than 13 overs remaining thanks to a century from Shikhar Dhawan. Niall O’Brien top scored for Ireland with 75, while skipper Porterfield made 67 as he shared an opening stand of 89 with Paul Stirling. “Its not emotionally draining, it is exciting.” O’Brien was not overly concerned by the defeat and was focused on the Pakistan match. “Today’s game wasn’t be all and end all, we played good cricket, spirits are high,” he told Sky Sports. “We lost our way a little at times. But there is plenty to go forward with, we are enjoying our cricket and playing it with a smile on our faces. “We won’t die wondering, we will give it a good go. “We are looking forward to the game, they are bowling well, but not batting too great. “To get through would mean absolutely everything.” It was India’s fifth win in a row at this World Cup and the triumph ensured their progression of Pool B as winners. Man of the match Dhawan led the way with an 85-ball 100, ably supported by fellow opener Rohit Sharma (64) before Virat Kohli (44 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (33no) saw them home with plenty to spare. “I’ve spent a lot of time on my game, I am used to the pace and the bounce and I am enjoying my game over here,” Dhawan said. “I played more creatively, playing different shots.” “Everyone is spending lots of time over here. With the time the boys have got experience and everyone is doing a good job, our bowlers are bowling quick and in the right areas.” last_img read more