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Ireland Zindabad?

Martin Gough | 17:51 UK time, Sunday, 15 April 2007

Martin GoughBarbados - Had the World Cup gone to seeding, Ireland’s match against Bangladesh would have been a clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

The absence of the subcontinental big boys has meant a rather surreal atmosphere to the game but, as with every match here at the Kensington Oval, a medium-sized crowd has made plenty of noise.

In the new Greenidge & Haynes Stand, a Bangladesh chant was followed by one for Ireland by the next block of supporters, then by one for India by the next group on.

On the opposite side of the crowd, the old favourite “Pakistan Zindabad” was trotted out my three men in dark green. Another waved a placard reading “Smile! You could be here supporting Pakistan”.

Over 22,000 tickets were either sold or issued for this match but – even though India fans have been the most populous around Bridgetown this week - stories have been doing the rounds about mass cancellations and tickets available from touts at a fraction of face value.

Generally, the India fans in the crowd have supported Ireland, who knocked Pakistan out of the competition, while the few Pakistanis shouted for Bangladesh, who eliminated India.

Meanwhile, the local organising committee waited until approximately three minutes before offering free tickets to all at 11am local time to actually advertise the fact.

They were aware of a potential problem approximately three weeks earlier.

On the field of play, it was good to see Ireland’s top order firing after a difficult last three weeks.

There were leprechauns dancing in the stands as Jeremy Bray hit his first boundary since 23 March, William Porterfield completed his first half century against a Test-playing nation and when Kevin O'Brien and Trent Johnston indulged in some late-innings biffing.

Bangladesh’s spinners did not find as much assistant bowling first rather than on a baked pitch in the afternoon, as they did against England.

And Ireland’s committed running between the wickets helped keep the scoreboard moving even when there were no boundaries on offer, even though four run outs were a natural consequence.

Will Ireland’s highest World Cup score so far be enough for them to secure their second victory? Much will depend on their performance in the middle of the innings when Andre Botha - on his return from a hamstring injury – and spinner Kyle McCallan take the stage.

It could be close but I think Ireland have a slight advantage at the interval.

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  • 1.
  • At 06:23 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • Abhishek Verma wrote:

well played ireland.superb score .folks u have a great chance to cause yet another upset .Long live ireland cricket.

  • 2.
  • At 06:39 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • Helen Walker wrote:

I hope you're right about Ireland having a slight advantage at the interval, Martin, because I'm Irish. But I have to say I've really enjoyed the youthful enthusiasm of the Banglas and I look forward to seeing them win a couple more games before the end. Just not this one.
In fact I would go so far as to say that this is a better fixture for the future of cricket than the expected clash between the overpaid, over-indulged pair of India and Pakistan.

  • 3.
  • At 06:54 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • Ashley Taylor wrote:

Fantastic score for the irish, i just hope they can win just for the sake that they can say they won a super 8 match.

  • 4.
  • At 07:25 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

noooooo bangladesh zindabad

  • 5.
  • At 07:39 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • tahir abbas (Norway) wrote:

well played bangladesh. i hope bangladesh win the today games.zandabad bangladesh

  • 6.
  • At 08:31 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • kazi shuchitabratee shuchi wrote:

Ireland is playing superbly. I have not seen any effort from the tigers today and so, i would not be upset if they lost this match. If, however, the tigers do manage to win, it would be unconvincing like that of England's win over Bangladesh.

  • 7.
  • At 09:44 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • Suzy wrote:

I would like to say that the crowd at this match seems to be a good advert for cricket. Well done for letting people come for free.

Anonymous wrote:

"Noooooo bangladesh zindabad ...?!!!"

>>>And WHY NOT? They're as good as the rest of THEM! They're from the ASIAN sub-continent and NEEDS ... and are indeed, GRATEFUL for [Indo-Caribbean] SUPPORT! Thank you!

  • 9.
  • At 11:57 PM on 15 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

The Indian fans didn't look out of place at all in that match. All they had to do was turn their flag 90 degrees and voila, IRELAND!

Easy stuff. Not a total disaster for the Indian fans who had bought tickets for this match after all.

  • 10.
  • At 06:05 AM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • John Hill wrote:

As an Aussie whose Irish ancestors were shipped to the colony as guests of HM it would be remiss of me not to note the following (with much irony). To this point in the World Cup, Ireland have beaten two Test playing nations and tied against a soon to be re-admitted Test nation (Zimbabwe currently on suspension until November 2007). England to this point have beaten only one Test playing nation (Bangladesh) and lost to Australia and NZ, and are yet to play RSA and WI.

  • 11.
  • At 07:00 AM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • VN wrote:

I am an Indian but we were supporting Ireland all the way. Infact we even distributed sweets after Ireland won.

Had it not been for Ireland our world cup would have been even more miserable (Read - knocking out Pakistan). Thanks guys, hope Irish cricket has a great future!

  • 12.
  • At 07:07 AM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • nazar wrote:

Irish bowling and fielding is superb.victory against bangladesh shows they can move as one of the best oneday team with in 6years.

  • 13.
  • At 11:05 AM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • Nick wrote:

As an Englishman with Irish ancestors I found Irelands win over Bangladesh very entertaining and an earlier comment from an Aussie very ironic. I also found Australia's capitulation against Bangladesh in 2005 hilarious... in other words Aussies can't boast about England doing badly when they themselves have suffered! C'est la vie.

  • 14.
  • At 11:56 AM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • geoffrey wrote:

The LOC actually made the announcement of free tickets on Saturday 14th the day before the event, NOT thel ast three minutes

  • 15.
  • At 11:59 AM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

bangladesh are the best even if they loose they still make me proud to be a british bengali

  • 16.
  • At 01:37 PM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • Akber A. KASSAM wrote:

Ireland played well, their performance were great in all areas. Congratulations and keep it up the good work.!!!

  • 17.
  • At 02:36 PM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • Md. Shamsuddin wrote:

This is unfortune defeat of tigers. They have already prove their capability. And they will ....... Md. Shamsuddin.

It is an unfortunate defeat of Bangladeshi team Tigers. They have already proved their capability and I am proud of them. I believe they will ..... meanwhile I suggest to reselect their team captain. Md. Shamsuddin

  • 19.
  • At 05:39 PM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • Ali Khan wrote:

A world cup without two cricketing giants India & Pakistan does not really make any sense to me.

It's just like 1.5 billion cricket lovers in sub-continent are left wondering who to support in the ongoing world cup.

Meanwhile I would like to congradulate both Bangladesh & Ireland for the great strides they have made towards improving their cricketing profiles at this level of the game.

Well done!

I hope India & Pakistan will be there next time around to provide us with the highest level of cricketing excellence that they are capable off.

  • 20.
  • At 06:24 PM on 16 Apr 2007,
  • wayne wrote:

The match between Ireland and Bangladesh just goes to show that you don't need to have a match between two "top" teams for it to be gripping and entertaining. I am not sure if we would have had a much better match had it been Pakistan vs India.

Congratulations Ireland, well played and well done throughout the tournament so far. I look forward to the day when you are featured in regular tournaments involving all the other ODI sides.

  • 21.
  • At 12:55 AM on 17 Apr 2007,
  • jamal wrote:

I must congratulate the Irish team for their superb performance. I guess Pakistan is going to be the weakest team for years to come. India might bounce back since they run their cricket different than Pakistan. You can only win if you play like a team but, unfortunately team is subcontinent particularly Pakistan needs to learn this.

  • 22.
  • At 07:26 AM on 17 Apr 2007,
  • Anjum Suleman wrote:

Ireland played superb i like fielding bowling and i hope ireland will outstanding 2011 world cup

  • 23.
  • At 07:31 AM on 17 Apr 2007,
  • Anjum Suleman wrote:

Ireland played superb i like fielding bowling and i hope ireland will outstanding 2011 world cup

  • 24.
  • At 08:43 PM on 17 Apr 2007,
  • Simon Cooke wrote:

English Cricket has hit the bottom. It took 18 months. Ashes whitewash, Flintofff saga, deflated Carrabean holiday.

Bring them home in the discard pack.All of them.

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