O'Brien - Bring on India
Irish gloveman beaming with confidence following win
Last Updated: 08/06/09 7:43pm
Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien has set his sights on a shock victory over defending champions India after helping his side qualify for the Super Eights.
"We believe in ourselves and we believe we can win every match so hopefully we can give India a game on Wednesday."
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O'Brien put in a man-of-the match display as his fine glovework and quickfire 40 helped Ireland to a memorable six-wicket win over Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.
The result sees the Tigers exit the competition at the earliest stage and O'Brien insists a second victory over India on Wednesday is not unthinkable.
"We believe in ourselves and we believe we can win every match so hopefully we can give India a game on Wednesday," he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Captain William Porterfield hailed the performance of O'Brien and his brother Kevin, who hit the winning boundary to take his score to 39 from 17 balls.
"They batted really well, it was a great effort the way they came in and took the game to the Bangladeshis," he said on Sky Sports 1.
"I thought the lads bowled really well and we'd have taken 137. I'm delighted with the great support here today and hopefully there'll be more for the Super Eights.
"Hopefully we can get a bit of World Cup fever going back home."
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful admitted his side were second best in all areas and paid tribute to Ireland's composed batting display.
"Ireland played very well," he said. We didn't bat well, we lost too many wickets, and they bowled and fielded really well. We thought we could still win but Ireland batted really well."