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Ireland vice-captain Gary Wilson is ready to shake World

By Ian Callender

Ireland must go back to the future against Bangladesh if they are to have any chance of reaching the Super 10 stage of the World Twenty20.

That's the opinion of new vice-captain Gary Wilson who cited Ireland's good record against Bangladesh and the previous occasions when they have defied the odds to produce a surprise victory.

After being on the wrong end of a shock result against Oman in their opening match on Wednesday, Ireland are already in must-win territory today and they don't come any harder than a game against the Tigers, who defeated Sri Lanka and Pakistan on their way to this week's Asia Cup final.

"It's not the first time our backs have been against the wall and we have come out on top," said Wilson.

"We have a pretty good record against Bangladesh, most of the games have been close, two of the three games at Stormont in 2012 going to the last ball, so I can't imagine Bangladesh are looking forward to playing us.

"It will be a tough game but we are more than up for it.

"We have two games now (their last group game is against the Netherlands on Sunday) and we have nowhere else to go.

"We have to pick ourselves up and get two wins and if we do that it is still in our hands because, with the greatest respect to Oman, they are not expected to win their next two games and if they don't we have to make sure, if it does go down to run rate, we are in a good position to qualify."

Wilson was not only top scorer against Oman - as he was in the final warm-up game against Zimbabwe - but he also produced the 'play of the day' with a stunning, acrobatic backwards leap on the boundary to save his side five runs in the 18th over.

"When it happened I prayed I had stayed inside the boundary long enough to prevent the six and hoped it would make a difference," he said.

"It probably should have, but it wasn't to be."

It was Ireland's fourth defeat in their last six Twenty20 games and Wilson kept the analysis simple of where it is all going wrong.

"We haven't got our combinations right," he said.

"At half-time against Oman we were pretty confident.

"If we'd scored 170 the game was dead and buried but we still felt 155 was more than enough to defend with the attack we had, but we haven't done all three facets of the game well enough at the same time to get victories."

Although Oman scored 45 off the last four overs to win the game by two wickets, Ireland were actually six runs ahead after 16 overs and the late order batting was just as culpable, said Wilson.

"We didn't keep cool enough heads - in batting or bowling.

"We were 102 off 14 and from there we should have got to 160-165 and if that happens it's a different game," he added.

"We respect Bangladesh but if we put all three facets together we are confident we can bring them down."

Scotland were the first team to be knocked out of the World Twenty20 when they lost their second match yesterday, to Zimbabwe by 11 runs.

Ireland Women started their match preparation for their World Twenty20 campaign with a 29 runs defeat to hosts India in Bangalore.

They play Bangladesh tomorrow before their tournament opener against New Zealand in Mohali next Friday.

Yesterday's scores: India 147-4 (S Mandhana 73 not out; K Garth 3-16) Ireland 118-9 (C Dalton 37, I Joyce 28, C Shillington 21). India Women won by 29 runs.

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