Ireland captain Laura Delany and all-rounder Sophie MacMahon (pictured) on the crucial winner-takes-all clash with Bangladesh with a T20 World Cup slot up for grabs.
Delany believes her young squad have put the disappointment of the loss to Thailand behind them ahead of the crucial semi-final against Bangladesh on Thursday.
“We were bitterly disappointed to lose in such a tight game. We’ve had a few close encounters with Thailand over the last few weeks but were confident that we could get over the line yesterday. We are raring to go tomorrow and very focused on the job ahead.
“We have a young group so we have kept things pretty simple but we have had conversations about what we need to execute as individuals and as a unit. We are really lucky in that we have a support staff team of seven people, so we have all the tools at our disposal to be ready to go tomorrow.”
It's been an eye-opening tournament for Leinster's MacMahon, given the cut-throat nature of the all or nothing qualification set-up.
“I'm really enjoying the Qualifier tournament so far, I've never played in a tournament like this before. It was pretty nerve-wracking at the start, but it was great to get off the mark with a couple of wins.
“In 2017 I was not as mature a cricketer and didn't know my game as well as I do now. Especially my bowling, I used to just bowl the ball without thinking too much about what I was trying to do, but I certainly have a clearer idea of my game plan these days. So now it’s just about believing in myself and being confident.
“I've really enjoyed working with Ed Joyce, he brings a nice relaxed atmosphere and the confidence he has in the players helps us go out there and play with freedom. Before I left Dublin I had a session with Rob Cassell [national bowling lead coach] which was great – I came to learn that it’s all about knowing what your bowling plan is and focussing on executing that.”
Ireland Women face Bangladesh on Thursday morning at 10am (Irish time) – the winner of which heads to the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in February.