Ireland were unable to defend 154 against Oman. (Source: PTI)
Captain William Porterfield has refused to write off Irelandâ€™s chances of qualifying for the World Twenty20 Super 10 stage in India after Wednesdayâ€™s shock loss to Oman left them needing to win both their remaining Group A games.
Ireland were unable to defend 154 for five as Oman marked their debut in a major International Cricket Council (ICC) event by sealing victory with two balls to spare after needing 14 runs off the last over.
â€œItâ€™s very disappointing and hard to take but to a large extent, itâ€™s still in our own hands,â€ Porterfield told British media.
Ireland face full-member nation Bangladesh in Dharamsala on Friday before they take on the Netherlands at the same venue two days later. Only the group winners will progress to the Super 10 stage.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to address it come Friday and I think thatâ€™s more mental than anythingâ€¦ as long as Oman lose a game, then itâ€™s still in our own hands,â€ Porterfield said.
â€œItâ€™ll come down to run-rate. Weâ€™ve got to win two games, but that is what it isâ€¦ and weâ€™re going to have to keep an eye on it.â€Share: