Ireland wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien believes that they can produce the first surprise result in the Twenty20 World Cup by beating England in Group D match tonight.
O’Brien said that his team will need to pull off the performance of their lives to win.
“If you look back down the years, we’ve beaten Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in Stormont, we beat the West Indies in 2004 by six wickets, and of course the 2007 World Cup speaks for itself because both Pakistan and Bangladesh were great wins and we tied with Zimbabwe,” the Daily Express quoted him, as saying.
“We also got to the Super Eights last year in England in the World Twenty20 and beat Bangladesh on the way in this format,” he said.
“We know we can beat these teams and it’s important to take that confidence into the game. Having beaten big teams in the past, there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.
“We have the personnel to compete with them over 40 overs of the match and it’s important to stay in there as long as we can,” O’Brien said.
Ireland has an extensive history of shocks behind them going into this match.
O’Brien said: “Things change quickly in Twenty20, so it just needs one or two people to put in a special performance and we’ll get the victory. This format gives the underdog much more of a chance.” (ANI)