William Porterfield Confident About Ireland's Quarterfinal Chances
Ireland captain William Porterfield sounded upbeat about his team’s chances of booking a berth in the quarterfinals of the World Cup after their thrilling five-run win over Zimbabwe in Hobart on Saturday.
To make it to the top four, Ireland need to win one of their remaining two games against India and Pakistan but Porterfield seemed unfazed by the task at hand.
“It is still in our hands and we talk about it, we will go each game to game,” said Porterfield.
“There is 2 points up for grabs and I don't know what actually happened in the other group game to be honest, I am guessing South Africa lost but it's in our hands.
“We can go to Hamilton now and look to get 2 points there and that's our next goal.”
Reflecting on his side's win over Zimbabwe, Porterfield expressed his relief at being at the right end of what was a see-saw battle.
“Obviously, ebbed and flowed, especially in the last 10.
“It's never really over, but we managed to get across the line, so we are pretty happy.”
Describing the pitch at the Bellerive Oval as a belter, Porterfield explained the difficulty of bowling second despite having a mammoth total on the board.
“Obviously, it was a very good score, but we knew that it was a very good wicket.
“It was going to be hard to defend, especially with the square boundaries being very short and a pretty quick outfield."
“We had to be on the money and thankfully, we got over the line.”
Despite playing his first match of this World Cup, seamer Alex Cusack was handed the final over with seven runs to defend and the pacer didn’t disappoint his skipper, defending seven runs and claiming the final two wickets to set up a tense win.
“No, he didn't. I am not sure how he (Cusack) got there 4 for 20 odd or 30.
“So, fantastic effort from him to come in and put in a performance like that was great.”
With six points from four matches, Ireland are now placed fourth in Pool B but have two tough games coming up against India and Pakistan.
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