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Play freely against SA: Porterfield

Press Trust Of India
Mar 14, 2011 at 03:09pm IST

Kolkata: Ireland captain William Porterfield wants his team to be at their fearless best when they take on title contenders South Africa in a penultimate group league encounter of the World Cup at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

"We don't have anything to lose. There won't be many who would like to give us a chance. We've just got to go out there and play with freedom. Attack in the same way that we have done in every other game. If we go out and do that, I'll be happy," Porterfield told the mediapersons at the pre-match media coneference.

Porterfield, however, admitted that it will require a lot of effort to beat a team like South Africa who are on a high after their fantastic win against India the other day.

Play freely against SA: Porterfield to team

"We don't have anything to lose. There won't be many who would like to give us a chance," said the Irish skipper.

"South Africa were obviously one of the pre-tournament favorites and they have just beaten India in a good game.

"We've played a couple of big teams now and teams that have been in form. South Africa are no different; they are building up some good momentum now.

"It was a good victory for them (vs India) and especially after coming back from their defeat against England. So, they will be pretty high on confidence. They're a top class side.

It's just another challenge for us," the skipper added.

The Irish captain is also not unduly worried about Kevin O'Brien failing in the last couple of matches after his superb century against England.

"Kevin can come off on any given day. He has had a couple of low scores but he didn't face many deliveries. He hasn't been struggling for form or so. He is in good frame of mind and has been striking the ball well at the nets. So I have no complaints about his form. I have no worries there," the skipper stated.

About the Eden Gardens strip, Poterfield feels that it will be a good wicket where there will be good carry.

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