Porterfield takes positives

ICC World Twenty20 2009

William Porterfield & Kamran Akmal

William Porterfield cuts through the off side but Ireland never threatened to chase down their target of 160

Ireland captain William Porterfield believes his team’s experiences at the ICC World Twenty20 will stand them in good stead for future international tournaments.

The Irish lost by 39 runs to Pakistan today - their third defeat in the Super Eights - but they can at least bask in the achievement of advancing past the first stage.

Porterfield said: “We can take a lot out of it. We have a lot to work on over the winter.

“But we are progressing with the bat and the ball.

“The more cricket we play against the top sides the better it is. The more the lads get full-time contracts the better.”

Pakistan skipper Younus Khan found fault with his side’s display even though Ireland rarely looked like they were going to reach their victory target of 160.

He said: “Things are going right for us at the moment.

“But we were short in our innings by about 15 runs. With bowling like that, you should score 170, 180.

“Our spinners did a good job and with these kind of performances we can win the competition.”