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Cricket World Cup: Dismissals ended hopes of massive upset, says Porterfield

By Ian Callender

Ireland captain William Porterfield identified the dismissals of himself and Niall O’Brien as the two turning points in Ireland’s defeat to India yesterday in Bangalore.

The run out of O’Brien ended a third wicket stand of 113 in the 27th over and Porterfield failed to survive the first ball after the second drinks break as Ireland looked to a total in excess of 250 after batting first. They were all out for 207 with 13 balls unused.

“The position we got ourselves into just before the run out and then my own wicket were two key points in the game because we were putting ourselves in a very good position to get to that total (250-260),” said the captain.

“If we had batted to the 35th over then we knew we had the firepower in the hutch to come in and score pretty quickly and we would have set ourselves up.

“We never fell behind a good run rate and even though we lost a few quick wickets after the run out, myself and Cusi (Alex Cusack) put ourselves in a good position. Unfortunately, we lost that wicket straight after. Right up to that drinks break, I think we were 160 after 37 and that's still a decent position.”

Although Ireland couldn’t pull off the shock to end all shocks, Porterfield admitted he was proud of his team.

“There were a lot of key moments during that game where it would have been easy to sit back and go 'oh we're playing India and we're on the back foot' but we fought back from nine for two, then lost three quick wickets through the middle and fought back again.

“Then we came out after half-time and fought right from the start and put a bit of pressure on India. They still had the firepower in the hutch at the end when Yusuf Pathan came in and cleared the ropes but the way we fought and the way we fielded and bowled throughout, it's great credit to the lads and, yeah, I'm proud of the team.”

He paid tribute individually to George Dockrell and Boyd Rankin.

“George just thrives on the big game atmosphere.

“Boyd’s been working really hard in the nets he’s as fit and strong as I’ve seen him,” added the captain.

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