Kolkata, March 16: Ireland's slender hopes of making the World Cup quarterfinals may have evaporated with Tuesday's 131-run loss to South Africa, but Irish skipper William Porterfield says ther are a lot of positives to be drawn from his side's campaign in the global event.
The captain said chasing a gigantic 328, their three-wicket win over England in Nagpur was the definitive highlight of the World Cup for Ireland.
"There's a lot of positive sides (to take back home). The win over England was the highlight. We also bowled and fielded well and got ourselves to winning positions in the matches against the West Indies and India. We will go back with a lot of positives," Porterfield said in the post-match press conference.
Ireland will now play an inconsequential final match against the Netherlands on Friday, March 18. Even though he did not single out anyone, Porterfield blamed the disappointing batting display for Tuesday's loss.
"Our batting was a bit reckless. We struggled with the batting. If we had wickets in hand with 20 more overs remaining, we would have a definite chance with the scores reading 140. It was a matter of keeping wickets," he insisted.
Porterfield also conceded that it was quite a downer the way Ireland lost their match agaisnt South Africa.
"I am really disappointed with the loss especially for the fact that we bowled and fielded well. It's just that our batting did not click. They kept taking wickets and we did not have any chance." he added.
Lauding the effort of South Africa middle-order batsman JP Duminy, who scored a man-of-the-match winning 99, the Irish captain said, "We should give credit to Duminy. All credit goes to him. He played an excellent knock and held on the South African innings together."