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I let the team down: Poterfield

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Mirpur, Feb 25 (PTI) Ireland skipper William Porterfieldtoday shared the blame for his side''s 27-run defeat againstBangladesh in a group B match and said he let the team down byfailing to give them a start.

Playing their first World Cup match, Ireland bowlersbundled out Bangladesh for 205 in 49.2 overs but their batsmenfailed to capitalise on the opportunity with opener Poterfieldhimself scoring just 20 runs.

"We couldn''t ask for anything else from our bowlers whorestricted them to 205 but our batting let us down. No onereally got in. I let myself down and the team down. I shouldhave taken some more responsiblity," he told reporters afterthe match.

His counterpart Shakib Al Hasan, on the other hand, wasjubiliant after bringing their campaign back on track. Theinspirational all-rounder heaped praise on his bowlers andsaid his team always had faith on themselves.

"My whole team believed that we could win, I thoughttheir belief was more than me. They were telling me that we''dwin by 20-30 runs before we headed out. Our bowling andfielding won it for us," he said.

However, Shakib conceded that the team should have put upa better batting display. He also singled out pacer ShafiulIslam for special praise for his crucial four-wicket haulagainst Ireland.

"It is good for the team but We didn''t apply ourself withthe bat. We should have batted a lot better. But the crowd wasjust unbelievable," he said.

"We knew Shafiul would make a good comeback and he did.

Good for him," he added.

Story first published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 0:01 [IST]
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