Porterfield: It’s a pretty big two points for us

Looking ahead to their World Cup match against Zimbabwe on Saturday, Ireland captain William Porterfield has urged his team to move on quickly from the drubbing they received from a powerful South Africa side in their previous game in the tournament.

Bowling first, Ireland conceded more than 400 runs against the Proteas in Canberra on Tuesday. In the chase, the Irish were never in the match, getting bowled out for 210 to lose by a massive 201 runs.

Porterfield and his side have to forget that contest as they have a crucial clash against another African side that could go a long way in determining which teams make the knock-out stages from their group.

With matches against Asian powerhouses India and Pakistan still to come, Ireland would surely have targeted the Zimbabwe match to claim the maximum points and edge another step closer to the quarterfinals

Opening batsman Porterfield said: "You've got to put it behind yourself pretty quickly. The tournament's back-end fixtures come pretty quickly for us.

"It's a pretty big two points for us… (but) I don't think it's make or break. Every game, we've gone into it looking for those two points… and against Zimbabwe it's not going to be any different."