Debashis Sarangi ∙ Oct 20 2022, 4:30 PM

Andrew Balbirnie feels the pressure will be on West Indies against Ireland

image-l9h6pn36Ireland defeated Scotland on Wednesday [Source: Twitter]

Ireland and West Indies have had similar campaigns in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. Both teams have registered one win, with the Men in Maroon placed just above the Irishmen due to their superior run rate. 

With all four teams on two points, Group B is wide open regarding Super 12 qualification. In such a scenario, the clash between West Indies and Ireland holds paramount importance for both sides, as the winner will boost its chances of proceeding to the next stage. 

However, Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie has opined that West Indies will be under pressure against them in this crucial clash. Balbirnie thinks that huge expectations from fans and the burden to perform as per their stature will likely keep the Caribbean men under the pump in the game. 

Here's what Balbirnie commented

"There's obviously a lot of pressure on the West Indies, coming in as group favourites. They're going to be expected to win, a lot of people are going to be expecting them to win. They've won the competition twice, they've got some hugely experienced T20 players."

Balbirnie lauded his troops for their impressive outing in the World Cup. The stylish right-handed batter also clarified that they are not afraid of any opposition and would try their best to upset the mighty Windies on Friday. 

"The confidence in the group has showed over the last eight to 10 months, we don't go out and fear any team anymore, that's gone out of our mindset. There's some real confidence in the group after beating Scotland. It'll be disappointing if we couldn't back it up. Hopefully we can produce something special."

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