More to come from Ireland - O'Brien

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Niall O'Brien

Niall O'Brien hits a hefty six during his vital innings of 40 off just 25 balls at Trent Bridge

Man of the match Niall O’Brien warned Ireland’s other ICC World Twenty20 opponents there was more to come from his side after they dumped Bangladesh out today.

Wicketkeeper-batsman O’Brien top-scored in Ireland’s surprise six-wicket victory at Trent Bridge with 40 from 25 deliveries, including three sixes and as many fours.

The result sends the seeded Tigers home at the earliest opportunity and ensures Irish qualification for the Super Eights stage.

Defending champions India are next up, also in Nottingham, on Wednesday in a Group A dead rubber - ahead of Ireland’s first Super Eights game against New Zealand a day later.

O’Brien said: “In Twenty20 cricket we’ve already seen an upset at Lord’s against England.

“We said in the last World Cup we’re not just here to make the numbers.

“We want to win as many games as we can. We’ve got a real belief in the squad. We’ve got a very talented bunch of players.”

That talented group has been together for several years now, having first hit the headlines in the 2007 50-over World Cup.

O’Brien hit the headlines with 72 to knock Pakistan out at the equivalent stage, sealing a Super Eights place at their opponents’ expense.

“It’s been a bit of a trait down the years to play well on the big occasion,” he continued.

“I’ve let myself down on a couple of occasions when the runs have been harder to come by. I’m rectifying that now. I’m trying to score as many runs as I can.

“As a top order batsman that’s what you’ve got to do whether it’s Bangladesh today or a game of club cricket on Saturday, I’m trying to give the same amount of focus to every innings.

“It’s always nice when you go out to bat when there are 10,000 cheering you on or cheering against you, it does gee you up a little bit more.”

O’Brien batted through the pain barrier, having collapsed in agony during the last over of Bangladesh’s innings.

He was forced to call for a runner – Jeremy Bray – but expects to be fit to face India on Wednesday.

“The injury, I’m not quite sure yet,” he revealed. “Obviously we haven’t had a chance to have a scan and the physio hasn’t had a chance to have a look yet.

“I heard a crack when I went over on my ankle in the last over of the innings.

Raqibul Hasan & Niall O'Brien

Raqibul Hasan sees his off stump uprooted after a rash shot which attracted the heavy criticism of coach Jamie Siddons

“I took some painkillers but it was still pretty sore when I was out there batting, trying to turn.

“We’re not quite sure what kind of injury but it should be okay for Wednesday.”

Bangladesh will only be spectators then and coach Jamie Siddons pulled no punches with his assessment of their defeat.

The Australian pinpointed a slack mental approach, which has seen their batsmen throw away their wickets time and again.

This time they could only post 137 for eight in their 20 overs.

“We didn’t make nearly enough runs,” he said. “The par score against any attack is 170, providing it’s a flat wicket, fast outfield, short boundary one side.

“Again just some stupid mental errors by our batsmen, ridiculous batting.”

He added: ‘The opening batsmen had to be aggressive but we knew they would bowl good slower balls early on.

“It just went right the way through, the run out of Tamim Iqbal. He’s got out that way about four times on this tour.

“Raqibul Hasan has got out that way about five times on this tour, same shot, same spot.

“So they’re just mental errors. Their skill levels are as good as anyone. I’m borderline disappointed and angry.”

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