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Niall O'Brien: Zimbabwe game 'huge'
04 Mar 2015 11:11
A win against Zimbabwe would put Ireland back in a good position to take a quarter-final spot at the Cricket World Cup, according to Niall O’Brien, who described the game as “huge”.
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Flying high after two wins in their opening games against the West Indies and the United Arab Emirates, Ireland came crashing down to earth with a 201-run defeat to South Africa on Tuesday.
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They must now get themselves back on track for their next game against Zimbabwe on Saturday morning (live blog on RTÉ.ie/sport).
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport’s John Kenny, O’Brien said that Ireland had to put the South African game behind them and concentrate on what will be a “huge game for both teams.
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“If we can get a good result in Hobart, and we’re three wins from four, I think people will forget about [the South African] match pretty quickly.”
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O’Brien’s team-mate, Andrew Balbirnie, was also looking to take the positives from Ireland’s loss as they approach the Zimbabwe game.
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Balbirnie’s 58 was a highlight of Ireland’s innings, and continued a fine run of form for the young batsman.
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“It’s a shame it was a losing 50, but, you know, I’ll take a lot of confidence in that going into Saturday, and hopefully we can put in a good performance.”
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