Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav bowled a magical spell in her comeback recreation to steer India to a cushty 17-run win over defending champions Australia in the opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup right here on Friday.
Put in to bat, India struggled to a under par 132 earlier than Poonam (4/19 in Four overs) foxed the Aussies along with her googlies, turning the match decisively into her staff’s favour.
Australia, who’ve received the competitors 4 occasions in six editions, have been all out for 115 in 19.5 overs “A bowler like Poonam is someone who leads from the front. We were expecting a great comeback from her. Our team is looking nice, earlier we depended on two-three players,” India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur stated after the match.
Poonam, who missed the previous tri-collection due to a hand harm, additionally obtained good help from different bowlers together with pacer Shikha Pandey.
The 28-year-previous from Agra was on a hat-trick however narrowly missed out as wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia dropped a troublesome likelihood.
The tournament-opener noticed a report 13,000 plus attendance with a sizeable chunk supporting India.
India subsequent play in opposition to Bangladesh in Perth on February 24.
“It was great for me to come back from injury and perform like this. It was the third time that I was on a hat-trick but satisfied that I was able to do the job for the team,” stated Poonam on the publish-match presentation.
Australia have been off to a superb begin to their chase with opener Alyssa Healy making a 35-ball 51, laced with six boundaries and a six.
However, Indian spinners led by Poonam triggered a collapse as Australia instantly slipped to 82 for six.
Poonam (4/19) snapped 4 wickets, two in successive deliveries in the 12th over, to break the again of Australia’s chase.
Ashleigh Gardner (34 off 36) tried her bit however didn’t get any help from the opposite finish.
Earlier, India squandered a flying begin to find yourself with a under-par whole. Sixteen-year-previous Shafali Verma took India to 40 for no loss in 4 overs with a sometimes aggressive 29 off 15 balls however her fall derailed the innings as the opposite batters upset.
Deepti Sharma made a composed 46-ball 49 in the second half of the innings however the firepower that India wanted in the loss of life overs was badly lacking. India have been cruising initially with Shafali taking the opposition to the cleaners, hitting 5 fours and a six. However, left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (2/24) snapped two fast wickets, Smriti Mandhana (10 off 11) and Harmanpreet (2 off 5) to cut back India to 47 for 3.
Deepti then shared 53 runs with Jemimah Rodrigues (26 off 33) to carry up the 100 in the 16th over. For Australia, Ellyse Perry (1/15) and Delissa Kimmince (1/24) have been the opposite wicket-takers.