This is a final: Porterfield

Sportz Interactive
Sat, Jun 13, 2009 1:39 PM

Ireland captain William Porterfield cites today's game against Bangladesh as a 'final' as it could well determine which teams from Group A make it to the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 2009.

Bangladesh lost its opening World Twenty20 encounter against India by 25 runs on Saturday. This will put added pressure on Mohammad Ashraful's side to register a win again Ireland today as a loss will end their hopes of qualifying for the next stage of the tournament.

Irish captain William Porterfield is well aware of the fact that a victory against Bangladesh - who has its back against the wall - will help them make it to the next stage of the tournament.

Ireland can also take heart from the fact that it defeated Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

The 24-year-old Porterfield is well aware that his side needs to be at the top of its game to win tonight and assure themselves of a spot in the Super Eight stage.

"No matter who we play, we've got to be on our game in all three departments," said Porterfield, adding, "In the shortened form of the game you have to have that intensity from ball one."

Defending champions India are the third team in this pool and with India boasting of a multi-talented squad, the Gloucestershire player has set realistic goals by wanting to defeat Bangladesh today and discount the result against India, as they would make it through anyway on the basis of points.

"We know this is a 'final' - between the two of us to see who goes through," accepted Porterfield.

"You know now that's for definite. But it was always going to be that we had to get two points in this match."

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