Ireland have a win and a loss after playing two matches in Group A, which gives them second place in the group currently. Fortunately for them, their final fixture, against Namibia is the most winnable of all their matches.
The confidence in the Irish camp could be a bit down, thanks (or no thanks) to the manner of their defeat to Sri Lanka in the last game.
Chasing 172, the Irish were not favoured to win but not expected to fold as easily as they did either. Managing just 101 is not what you expect from a side considered the best of all the minnows given entry into this World Cup.
That said, they still have their destiny pretty much in their hands. A win over Namibia should let them retain the second spot in the group and guarantee progression to the main round.
After the way they were whopped by Sri Lanka in their opener, few thought much of Namibia. They were supposed to lose all their games but sprang a surprise in their last game, thrashing the favoured Netherlands by six wickets on Wednesday.
As predicted in our preview, David Wiese was the star of the show. His boundary-laden 66 off 40 is what helped the Namibian chase down the 165-run target.
Before Wiese’s shellacking began from number five position, Namibia had gotten several starts but none lasted too long. Even captain Gerhard Erasmus was in good touch with a well-made 32 off 22.
The manner of their victory will restore confidence in the Namibians, even if they’d still be second-favourites for this fixture.