Adelaide: Irish Captain William Porterfield has said that his team was targeting victory and two points to advance into the quarter-finals of Cricket World Cup.
“Yeah, result-wise it’s a case of winner takes all and we are looking forward to it”, he told reporters ahead of his team’s encounter with Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval here Saturday.
He said Pakistan’s pace formidable pace attack will be coming hard at us, but we are ready take on the challenge.
“We are just thinking about ourselves. Obviously every one knows what’s up for the grabs and we are looking forward to catch two points”.
Porterfield said: “My team will go out to play with freedom and intent, as you want to, throughout the 50 overs to score 280-290 and even beyond.
Recalling history of 2007 when they shock Pakistan, he said, it was completely different.
“Obviously that was our first taste of World Cup. It was our second game in the competition. Not many countries there have known about us,” he added.
“I think over the last eight years we have obviously grown massively as a cricket playing nation,” he said.
“I don’t think it will be big surprise if we go out there and win tomorrow as it would been in back in 2007,” Ireland captain said.
On Pakistan’s pace attack, Porterfield said the last game they played here for the seamers coming down the back end.
“It depends on what the pitch throws up. But we have played very good pace attack so far in the competition and this prepared us for this game.
“I think we are pretty well acclimatized by now as they got out there and post a total or chase down the total,” Portertfield said.
On setting the target, he said score throughout this competition is 280 and 290 is minimum if nor in around 300s.
“There can be a swing of 30 runs on the day. But all depends.
You pick up a couple of early wickets and there is never an easy total to chase down,” he remarked.