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Deepti Sharma of India celebrates her wicket with team mates during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 match between India and Ireland at Guyana National Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Providence, Guyana.
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Mithali Raj makes fifty as India seal semi-final spot

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It wasn't as comprehensive a batting performance as India would have liked, but they still completed a 52-run win over Ireland in the ICC Women's World T20 2018.

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A half-century from Mithali Raj was the standout performance, and it was backed up by a disciplined show with the ball as India csealed their place in the semi-finals. 

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IND v IRE: India innings highlights

Ireland, choosing to bowl at the Guyana National Stadium on Thursday, 15 November, didn't allow India to get away in the Powerplay, but a let-off for Raj on 3 proved costly. The first-wicket pair of Raj and Smriti Mandhana added 67 in 9.6 overs, and Jemimah Rodrigues pitched in with a brisk 18.

Kim Garth and Lucy O'Reilly were again impressive with the ball for the lowest ranked side in the tournament, as Ireland found some spirit to pull things back at the death and give themselves 146 to chase.

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IND v IRE: Ireland innings highlights

Clare Shillington provided some fireworks, and Isobel Joyce showed sparks of intent, but on the whole, Ireland's chase never quite got the momentum it needed. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur changed around her bowling, with her off-spin a particular threat for the opposition.

Ireland could go no further than 93/8, and are still without a win in the tournament. India play Australia on Saturday in a game that will decide the Group B toppers.

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