Ireland’s giant killers have struck again although Captain Will Porterfield wasn’t listening to any talk of an upset.
The Irish have a history of cricket World Cup boilovers. Their hit-list has included a tie with Zimbabwe as a qualifier in 2007 before beating Pakistan and Bangladesh ahead of a stunning three-wicket final-over win against England in 2011.
But Monday’s pulsating four-wicket victory over the West Indies in their pool B clash at Nelson’s Saxton Oval ranked among the best as they spectacularly added another top-tier nation to their trophy bag. Porterfield was clear about where he sees his team in the overall scheme of things. “I actually hate the term upset,” he said. “I don’t see why a team has to be an associate team, it has to be a full member. It’s ranked one to whatever [but] it’s not like that in any other sport.
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