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Our Confidence Not Dented - William Porterfield

Our Confidence Not Dented - William Porterfield
Ireland skipper William Porterfield is confident of his team's success against Pakistan despite the eight-wicket defeat to India on Tuesday.
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Ireland captain William Porterfield denied the notion that his side's confidence was dented following the eight-wicket World Cup defeat to the defending champions India in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Batting first Ireland were 145 for two at one stage but with the introduction of spin they slid down to 259 all-out despite a valiant run-a-ball 75 from Niall O'Brien.

Despite the massive defeat, Ireland are still in contention for the quarter-finals provided they beat Pakistan in their final league encounter.

“No I don't think it (our confidence) can (be dented).

"There's a lot of good things to take from the game."

Ruing at their failure to post a competitive total inspite of being in a good position, Porterfield credited the Indian bowlers for striking regularly.

"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.

Defending a total of 259, the Ireland bowlers were put under considerable pressure by the Indian opening batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan with their 174-run stand.

"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.”

This was for the first time in the tournament the Indian seamers went unsuccessful at the start of the innings as the Ireland opening duo put on a solid 89-run stand in the 15 overs.

However Ravichandran Ashwin (2-38) turned the game on its head with his variations which the Ireland skipper termed tricky.

“You have to give a lot of credit to them, kept fighting and coming back, and made it look very easy with the bat.

“(Ashwin) bowled very well, mixed his pace very well, there was a bit of grip as well.

“We just lost a couple of wickets and that set us back.”

With their fate still in their hands, Porterfield stressed on the importance of being mentally prepared for their all-important game against Pakistan on Sunday.

“There’s a lot of good things to take especially the first innings.

“It’s all about being mentally fresh for that game in Adelaide, it’s a winner takes all for us.”

Ireland who famously defeated Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup, will look for a repeat of that performance when the two teams meet each other at the Adelaide Oval on 15th March.

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