“Yeah, we’re all [feeling] pretty good,” Balbirnie said at the post-match presentation. “It’s not every day you get that close against a team like India. We did a lot of good stuff with the bat. We said at the halfway stage there’s just one way we’re going to chase: go out and be expressive.
“I think we did that but we’re bitterly disappointed when you come so close. It was a great game of cricket for everyone here. The crowd has been amazing [in] the last two games, but it’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow now.”
“Certainly make use of the powerplay,” Balbirnie said. “That’s a bit of a no-brainer. I thought Paul did that brilliantly. He went after Bhuvi in the first over and set the tone. I obviously took a bit more time to get going and eventually did. The opening partnership set the tone for the rest of the guys to come in and express themselves. I think they did that pretty well all the way down.”
“They played exceptional shots, and we were surprised. There’s no doubt about the quality of the Irish batters, and that was on show today.”
India seamer Harshal Patel on Ireland giving them a scare
“I think at the moment it [the feeling] is disappointment, but at the same time we’ve gone toe-to-toe with a really good team [India],” Balbirnie said. “We’ve put up a very good score, which on any other day will be a potentially winning score, but we have to take that confidence.
“We play New Zealand next week in ODIs and T20s, and we have an exciting summer. We can’t let this be a flash in the pan. We have to make sure we keep improving, going out with the same mindset in T20 cricket.”
“Yeah, we were comfortable [at halftime], and most of the times when you get 225, you defend it,” Harshal told the host broadcaster Sony. “But they came pretty close, played some really good shots. The wicket was an absolute belter, and the outfield was fast. But that’s what we pride ourselves on; we held our nerve and finished the game.
“They played some exceptional shots, and we were sort of surprised by the way they batted today. There’s no doubt about the quality of the Irish batters, and that was on show today.”
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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