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Ireland, as expected, bowed out of the Women's World Twenty20 with a game still to play, after losing to India by 52 runs. (stock picture)

Ireland, as expected, bowed out of the Women's World Twenty20 with a game still to play, after losing to India by 52 runs. (stock picture)

Ireland, as expected, bowed out of the Women's World Twenty20 with a game still to play, after losing to India by 52 runs. (stock picture)

Ireland, as expected, bowed out of the Women's World Twenty20 with a game still to play, after losing to India by 52 runs.

The Irish bowlers fought back superbly to restrict the free-scoring Indians to just 36 from the last five overs but a total of 145-6 was always going to be too many for a batting line-up which continues to struggle.

For the second successive game, only Clare Shillington and Isobel Joyce reached double figures but, frustratingly, were dismissed for the second successive game in the 20s and 30s respectively.

India put on 67 for the first wicket but player of the match Mithali Raj, who scored 51, was dropped twice, the first from a reverse sweep when on nine.

The second wicket fell at 107 in the 15th over and a stunning catch by Shauna Kavanagh at deep extra cover in the next over gave Ireland the impetus to enjoy their best overs of the tournament. Lucy O'Reilly (1-32) and Kim Garth (2-22), who also completed a run-out, took wickets to add to earlier successes for captain Laura Delany (1-21) and Eimear Richardson (1-27).

But despite Shillington (23 off 23 balls) getting her usual fast start and Joyce scoring 33 off 38 balls, Ireland still faced 37 'dot balls' in the first 10 overs and lost six wickets for 23 runs in the last 32 balls to finish on 93-8.

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