Ireland skipper William Porterfield has persisted there will be no remaining mental mark from their heavy defeat by proteas when they face Zimbabwe in their next International Cricket Council World Cup game tomorrow. The Irish skipper into this weekend’s Pool B match in Hobart on the back of a 201 run demolishing by South Africa, where Hashim Amla scored 159 runs and Faf du Plessis scored 109 runs were the main contributors to a huge proteas total of 411 runs for the loss of four wickets. That match was still only Ireland’s first loss of the pool stage followings victories over both the West Indies and the UAE.
They now got 4 points from 3 matches, compared to Zimbabwe’s 2 points from 4 matches heading into this weekend’s game at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval. Porterfield said today that the mood is very good and that is the biggest thing for himself that things have not changed. He was quoted saying: “You can see if moods tend to drop or not, and that hasn’t been the case. After that (South Africa) game I thought we did that pretty quickly and the lads’ focus was turned straight on to this game, which is great.”
Porterfield said his team now hoped to win matches, rather than hoped to be competitive. He thinks that is how they approach their everyday mindset and they are only going to get that mindset from having practiced the right way and know that they are on top of their own match and they are feeling 100 percent confident and back everything that they have done.
On Saturday Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor said that winning was “non-negotiable” for the South Africans, but Porterfield said the pole were not as high for Ireland. He said that they are halfway through their group campaign. He does not think it is crunch time for themselves. They are two from three. They are going out there tomorrow to make it 3 from 4.
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