Ireland were shocked by Oman at the ICC World T20 by two wickets and their chances of advancing have been dealt a huge blow.
Ireland were limited to 154-5 in 20 overs and looked out of sorts but William Porterfield remains confident, that qualification is still within their own hands.
“It was very disappointing,” he told Cricket Ireland. (It’s) hard to take but to a large extent it is in our own hands. We did a lot of good things coming in, before this first game. We didn’t do it quite right today. We have to address that before Friday.
“I think that is more mental than anything. If we get that right, come back fresh on Friday then as long as Oman lose a game then it is still in our own hands. It will come down to run rate. We’ve got to win two games and we have to keep an eye on it.”
“I wouldn’t say (it came down to) pressure. A lot of lads have been there and done that in that scenario. Whether the ball was slippy, I’m not sure. If it was, you’ve got to let the umpires know to change it. That’s not an issue for ourselves. It is dewy, we knew it was going to be the case anyway. We didn’t get it quite right over the last four or five overs.
“The scenario of the game we have done really in over the last six weeks. It’s just an unfortunate time to get it wrong. Things go wrong in T20 cricket but first game of the World cup,, it’s unfortunate for ourselves that it is a time we do get it wrong. As I said that’s going to be a mental thing to get that turned around and come back fresh on Friday. It’s a big game. If we beat Bangladesh then it comes down to run rate. If we beat Holland and Oman manages to lose a game.”
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