T20 World Cup: Poonam Yadav heroics inspire India to decimate Australia in opener
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: February 21, 2020 5:36:04 pm

Poonam Yadav nearly obtained a hattrick after dismissing Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes. (Source: ICC)

India kickstarted their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup marketing campaign with aplomb by an exhilarating bowling efficiency in Sydney, spearheaded by spinner Poonam Yadav, whose fifer downed the reigning champions Australia on Friday. After setting a goal of 133, India restricted the hosts and defeated them by 17 runs in a Group A encounter.

Poonam Yadav got here out all weapons blazing as she spun an online across the Australian batting order, registering match-winning figures of 4/19. Within an area of 12 balls, she despatched again three batswomen again to the pavilion, particularly Alyssa Healy (51), Ellyse Perry (0), and Rachael Haynes (0).

India introduced in Poonam in place of Radha Yadav and the previous used her expertise to end her spell with figures of 4-0-19-4. Her match-winning spell additionally fetched her the Player of the Match Award. “My physio and my teammates supported me a lot when I was injured. I bowled well against Australia here in the past so I wanted to continue that. This is the third time that I didn’t get a hat-trick. I am thankful to my teammates as it is not easy to come back after an injury,” Poonam mentioned after the match.

India maintained the momentum gathered and took issues over the end line in what was an exhilarating case of a run chase, as Australia misplaced three extra wickets after Yadav’s bowling masterclass. Australia failed to get the 21 runs wanted in the final over, and had been restricted to 123/eight on the finish of 20 overs.

Earlier, India frittered away a flying begin to submit 132/4, owing to teenager Shafali Verma’s blistering 29-run knock after Australia gained the toss and elected to discipline. She hit 5 fours and a six and took India to a wonderful 40/0 in simply 4 overs. But quickly after, Australia mounted stress on the batting lineup and lowered their opposition to 47/3.

Deepti Sharma’s unbeaten 49 and Jemimah Rodrigues’ 26 guided India to a good complete, in what appeared to be a doomed train proper in the center. While Jess Jonassen registered a 2/24, Ellyse Perry and Delissa Kimmince each scalped one every.

Winning captain Harmanpreet Kaur was thrilled with the victory regardless of a tough monitor to bat on. She mentioned after the match, “Great feeling to win the first game. Knew this track is something where we can do well. Knew if we’re able to score 140, our bowlers will be able to defend it, and that’s what happened. This track wasn’t easy to bat on. Were just looking to score 140. The partnership between Jemi and Deepti got us there.”

“Poonam was going through some injuries but has made a great comeback. That’s what we were expecting. Our team is looking nice. Earlier we were depending on 2-3 players but now we’re doing well as a team. If we do well in the tournament we will definitely win the World Cup,” she added.


India 132/4 in 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49*, Shafali Verma 29; Jess Jonassen 2/24) beat Australia 115 in 19.5 overs.

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