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Porterfield rues batting collapse

William Porterfield
William Porterfield rued a missed opportunity

Ireland captain William Porterfield was left to rue a "missed opportunity" after his side lost by 70 runs to the West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20.

An Irish batting collapse handed victory to the hosts in Guyana.

"The way we bowled and fielded we were right in it after the first 20 overs so this was a massive missed opportunity.

"It's disappointing, not just the fact that we lost, but the way that we lost, especially with the bat. It's pretty disappointing to be bowled out for 68."

"It doesn't matter who we're playing against or what the conditions were like or anything. We've got no excuse."

Ireland had performed well in the field to limit the tournament hosts to 138-9 in Georgetown but were bowled out for 68 in just 16.4 overs, the second-lowest score in the short history of Twenty20 internationals and the lowest in any of the three World Twenty20 tournaments to date.

"We were struggling after the first 11 balls, losing three wickets - it was a struggle to come back from there," Porterfield added.

"Losing early wickets set us right on the back foot.

"It's hard to play when we just kept losing wickets regularly. We needed a platform, needed some sort of start and to keep wickets in hand coming to the end.

"And if we'd have scored at a half-decent rate up to that we would have stood a half-decent chance.

"Going four or five down coming out of the first six overs, you just can't be in that position."

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, who stood in for the injured Chris Gayle, was understandably delighted to get off to a winning start in front of his own team's fans.

"I thought it was a very good game and I'm very happy with the guys that played today," Bravo said.

The hosts next face England in Georgetown on Monday before Ireland face England on the same wicket 24 hours later.

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