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Ireland girls face tough hurdles in T20 mission

Ireland's women will hope to succeed where their male counterparts failed when they begin their World Twenty20 campaign in Mohali today.

But they face an even harder task than William Porterfield's side who, at least, had a team ranked below them in their group.

Isobel Joyce captains the squad who face four fully professional sides with New Zealand their first opponents today, followed by Sri Lanka on Sunday. They then move on to Chennai and New Delhi for their games against South Africa on Wednesday and World champions Australia next Saturday.

To win even one match would be a tremendous achievement but they will be encouraged by winning the qualifying tournament in Thailand - they beat Bangladesh in the final.

But this is a step up again, although the experience of playing Australia in a three-match series in Dublin last August will stand them in good stead with a squad who can play without fear or pressure.

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