Bangalore: Ireland head to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 knowing only too well what lies ahead if they put up a good show on the grand stage. Impress here, and they could go a long way towards helping the team gain regular international matches.
Ireland has made a habit of upsetting the biggies. The trend started at the 2007 World Cup, where they stormed into the Super Eights after beating Pakistan by three wickets. Though they failed to progress to the semifinals, a huge 74-run win against Bangladesh ensured that they ended the tournament on a high.
They progressed to the second stage of the World T20 2009 after beating Bangladesh – their first Twenty20 International against one of the Test playing countries.