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Delany thinking big picture as Ireland eye T20 World Cup berth

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Ireland received a wake-up call when they lost their opening warm-up fixture for the qualifier against Scotland on Sunday, but the European side have another chance to impress when they take on USA in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Delany is looking for an immediate response from her side, given Ireland’s opening match of the qualifier comes against the hosts UAE on Thursday.Ireland also face the Netherlands, Vanuatu and Zimbabwe in Group B at the qualifier and need to finish in the top two spots to earn a place in the semi-finals of the event.

“We didn’t get enough runs on the board (against Scotland),” Delany admitted.

“We didn’t get above 100 (runs), which in this tournament we are going to have to do that if we want to beat sides.

“I thought we bowled and fielded well at times, we just didn’t have enough to defend and didn’t take enough early wickets and we were on the backfoot from early on in that second innings and we found it really tough to get into a winning position.

“We have to take it one game at a time and we can’t look too far ahead. That game against USA tomorrow will be a good game, we haven’t played against them in the last few years and we are unsure what to expect. That is a good challenge for us to try and turn things around from yesterday.”

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