Porterfield wants his team to play freely against SA

Kolkata: Ireland captain William Porterfield wants his team to be at their fearless best when they take on title contenders South Africa in a penultimate group league encounter of the World Cup, at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

"We don`t have anything to lose. There won`t be many who would like to give us a chance. We`ve just got to go out there and play with freedom. Attack in the same way, that we have done in every other game. If we go out and do that, I`ll be happy," Porterfield told the mediapersons at the pre-match media coneference.

Porterfield however admitted that it will require lot of effort to beat a team like South Africa who are on a high after their fantastic win against India the other day.

"South Africa were obviously one of the pre-tournament favorites and they have just beaten India in a good game.

We`ve played a couple of big teams now and teams that have been in form. South Africa are no different, they are building up some good momentum now.

"It was a good victory for them (vs India) and especially after coming back from their defeat against England. So, they will be pretty high on confidence. They`re a top class side.

It`s just another challenge for us," the skipper added.

The Irish captain is also not unduly worried about Kevin O`Brien failing in the last couple of matches after his superb century against England.

"Kevin can come off on any given day. He has had a couple of low scores but he didn`t face many deliveries. He hasn`t been struggling struggling for form or so. He is in good frame of mind and has been striking the ball well at the nets. So, I have no complaints about his form. I have no worries there," the skipper stated.

About the Eden Gardens strip, Poterfield feels that it will be a good wicket where there will be good carry.