Ireland v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Belfast July 15, 2010

Ireland target rankings jump

Cricinfo staff

William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, has said the extra motivation of moving above Zimbabwe in the ICC rankings will egg his side on to complete a 2-0 sweep of Bangladesh in the one-dayers in Belfast. Ireland comprehensively won the first match on Thursday by seven wickets, with Porterfield's unbeaten century being the cornerstone of the victory.

"It is only a fantastic result if we can make it 2-0 tomorrow [Friday]," Porterfield said after Thursday's win. "We need to win both games to stay above Zimbabwe in the [ODI rankings] table and that will be the target." A loss in the second ODI will keep Ireland in 11th spot, while a win will push them to 40 points, six clear of 10th-ranked Zimbabwe.

In the first game, Porterfield was named Man of the Match for his fifth ODI century - his first against a Test-playing nation. His brisk 118-run opening stand with Paul Stirling set up a comfortable victory with five overs to spare. "That's as good an innings as I've ever played for Ireland," he said. "I was feeling good from the word go. Paul Stirling took a lot of the pressure off me with the way he batted. After that Alex Cusack was solid and made sure there would be no collapse."

The one aspect of the team's performance he was unhappy with was the fielding. "We dropped a couple of catches, so we will be out to eradicate that, but the team have been batting like that for a while now and it was great to carry on the form the lads showed in Holland."

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  • Rakesh on July 16, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    I definitely consider Ireland better than Bangladesh. What ever results Bangladesh gets ( Odd wins) is due to heavy exposure against other Test countries like allowing for Test matches etc. If same exposure is given to Ireland and Kenya , they will be much much better than Bangladesh.

    For some posters , Zimbabwe was always a very strong competitive team till the mass exodus due to political reasons. With two years of good international exposure Zimbabwe will anytime wack Bangladesh. bangladesh has many players with more than 50 matches against strong team.If Zimbabwe and Irelandas well as Kenya gets these experience against strong team they will blow away Bangladesh. Remember when Bangladesh was given full status actally Kenya was better. It is just by playing strong teams that Bangladesh has slightly become mature thats all.Kenya and Ireland will play muc better with the exposure similar to Bangladesh against strong teams.

  • Chris on July 16, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Rakesh has it 100% right - the ICC needs to lend stronger support to growing nations like Ireland. This from an Englishman - I am thrilled to see Ireland consistently competing at the highest level - long may it continue. Of course, Irish cricketing pedigree is well established having provided the blood line for Australia's finest for the past 100 years!

  • andrew on July 16, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    i don't think ireland will become another Kenya for a couple of simple reasons. (1) A non corrupt cricketing body (2) access to english county cricket as local players. That being said, Ireland must be further encouraged - I think all teams with ODI status should be included in the ICC ODI Rankings too..

  • Rakesh on July 16, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Ireland must be thouroughly encouraged. Infact Ireland is much much better than what Bangladesh was when they were fast tracked to full membership with just one upset win against Pakistan in WC only due to support from India . Cricket needs to spread and more Irish people must be attracted to the game.School cricket must be upgraded by ICC in Ireland ,Kenya, Namibia, Netherland, Uganda. Otherwise Sport will not pick up. Kenya's decline is totally due to ICC's inept handling. ICC must be in co-ordination with Sport Ministry of these countries to start school cricket and establish itself. Grassroot kids must be hooked up else every where Football takes advantage. Money is no longer a problem in cricket for professional career especially due to T20 cricket options. Go Ireland Go.

  • John on July 16, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Bangladesh was probably exhausted in the first match. I am sure they wont repeat the mistakes in the second ODI and win comprehensively. However, kudos to the Irish for the win. They played awesome. If they had been able to keep players like Eoin Morgan in their camp, they could have become a much more competitive side in the limited overs game.

  • Anil on July 16, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    All the best to you guys... You guys deserve to be ranked above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe...

  • Amzad on July 16, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    good game from Ireland, but B.desh will win the next game.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    This again proves Ireland is as good as bangladesh if not better especially after losing so many of their talented batsman to english cricket. If Bangladesh can be a test playing nation so should Ireland to stop the bleeding and providing easy pick ups for england

  • Dre on July 16, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    I wish Ire all the best. I know Bang fans won't be pleased but I do hope Ire seals the series, the same way I was hoping for them to beat Eng. It is high time that cricket is expanded and no-1 wants to see Ire's boom perhaps go to waste like it did with Kenya. I think evry1 should continue to support having Bang at the highest level and SUPPORT IRE's bid for test status. If the ICC ignore Ire's bid, it would be a tragedy. They have several players playing pro in Eng and thus should not suffer some of the probs Bang have had for so long.

  • ABDUL ALEEM on July 16, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Great win Ireland.

    It raises the question of equality of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Ireland. I am not advocating 2 tier test leagues but what I want to say is that any team whose test status is less than 25 years should be considered as a floating test member.

    This way Aus,Eng,NZ,WI,IND,PAK,SA and SL should be considered as permanent members.This is in recognition of their 25-130 years old playing days and efforts..

    The remaining one slot should be open for recent test comers like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and fringe associate members like Afghanistan, Ireland the form of floating membership...Thus 8 fixed teams and one open slot for recent teams.. This way the recent entrants will be encouraged to work hard rather than just enjoying the status as Bangladesh is doing these days.... Hence other teams like Ireland will also be encouraged..........

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