Ireland aiming to upset the West Indies
Ireland bowler Trent Johnston believes the Irish can upset the odds and beat the West Indies in their opening Twenty20 World Cup Group D game at Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The West Indies come into the game after an agenising 7 run defeat against New Zealand on Wednesday night. Johnston believes the manner of that defeat has given fresh belief to the Irish to create another World Cup upset.
With victory in sight the West Indies suffered a batting collapse with Scott Styris with four wickets as the Kiwis ran out winners after Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had built a solid opening partnership of 68.
"Chris Gayle and Chanderpaul will be coming at us hard on Friday night and so if we can contain those guys, get a couple of early wickets - as we saw against New Zealand - then we can put the West Indies under a bit of pressure," said Johnston .
"If Scott Styris can get wickets against them then we've got three or four Scott Styrises in our team, bowling at the sort of pace he bowls. So it's a good sign for us. We've got the likes of myself, Andre (Botha), Alex Cusack and Kevin O'Brien."
"We're not guys who are going to scare anyone with our pace but with our variation and if we execute our skills, they're going to be under a bit of pressure now after that result, being the home side, playing the opening date at a packed house."
"Hopefully we can come out and cause what we would expect with a victory but what everyone else would say is an upset."
Although the Irish have had a disappointing time themselves during the warm up games, coach, Phil Simmons feels the Irish can bounce back against the hosts.
"Definitely, it doesn't make a difference," Simmons said. "I think, when we play like we built up to play the last two games in Trinidad, for instance, we know we can do it."
"Our expectations are always going to be high so we push ourselves to achieve things that a lot of people doubt we can achieve. That's the way we look at it."