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William Porterfield's Ireland team need to win one from their final two pool games to progress out of their group

William Porterfield's Ireland team need to win one from their final two pool games to progress out of their group

William Porterfield's Ireland team need to win one from their final two pool games to progress out of their group

Ireland can confirm their place in the World Cup quarter-finals if they pull off another upset against defending champions India on Tuesday in Hamilton.

William Porterfield's men need to win one from their final two pool games to progress out of their group for the second time in three World Cups.

Already they have beaten two full-member nations, West Indies and Zimbabwe, but a third scalp is likely still required with Pakistan also still to play next Sunday.

India have already qualified for the last-eight and could opt to rest some of their key players at Seddon Park, but Porterfield is not banking on the prospect.

"No, I don't think their guard will ever be down," he said.

"Whatever they decide to do is out of our control. Whoever they decide to play, it doesn't really bother me.

"We've just got to keep all the momentum going and keep on improving at the little things we want to and keep taking things forward."

Ireland's status as a genuine threat to the established nations in world cricket has again been confirmed at this tournament, although it would arguably be their greatest giant-killing should they beat an India side unbeaten at this tournament.

Porterfield will not let his team think in such terms after repeating throughout the World Cup that his side were looking no further ahead than their next game.

"Every game there's the same amount of points up for grabs, and India game is no different," he said.

"We've got to go into that looking to take two points and follow from there."

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni can afford the luxury of looking forward to the knockout phases and admits that, despite his team's unbeaten record, they must remain wary.

"What will be important is how good a cricket you play on that particular day, especially going into the knockout stages," he said.

"You will have to get the big batsmen - who can really score quick runs - out cheaply. That will be a big benefit and all the sides they have got batsmen like that.

"A lot will depend on how you play or what kind of cricket you play on that particular day. I feel all the teams, they are nicely matched.

"All of them, they have the right combination and all of them, they have clicked to a lot of extent. So I feel it's a really balanced World Cup."