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Sunday 20 August 2017

Porterfield won't give up on dream

Ireland skipper William Porterfield (below) is not about to hit the panic button in his team's quarter-final quest at the World Cup, despite a 201-run defeat to South Africa.

Ireland's first defeat of the tournament came at the Manuka Oval, as they conceded 411 for four and then folded fort 210 in the face of Protea pace and spin.

Andy Balbirnie was Ireland's only bright spark, scoring 58 off 71 balls, after they had been reduced to 48 for five in the 11th over of their chase.

Defeat meant the confidence from their wins against West Indies and United Arab Emirates was hit hard, but Porterfield is already looking forward to making amends against Zimbabwe at Hobart later this week.

Porterfield told a press conference: "I don't think it's make or break. I think every game, for ourselves, we've gone into it looking for those two points. We did it against the West Indies, UAE and here again today, and against Zimbabwe it's not going to be any different.

"We pick up two points, then we're on six, and then we move into the India game, but we're going to prepare for Hobart as we have every other game and look at them and everything we need to do, and improve on this game and keep doing the good things we're doing well."

Ireland can at least hope for a better bowling and fielding performance against Zimbabwe, especially having dropped Tuesday's centurion Hashim Amla when he was on just 10.

Amla went on to plunder a career-best 159 thanks to that lifeline from Ed Joyce, with Faf du Plessis also getting to three figures.

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