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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Poonam Yadav spins India to win a resounding victory over defending champions Australia Cricket News


SYDNEY: Legged player Poonam Yadav cast a magic spell on her return game to take India to a comfortable 17-run victory over defending champion Australia in the inaugural T20 Women’s World Cup match on Friday.

Put at bat, India fought under par 132 before Poonam (4/19 in 4 overs) cheated the Australians with their googlies, turning the game decisively in the favor of their team.

Australia, which won the competition four times in six editions, managed 115 in 19.5 overs

“A bowler like Poonam is someone who leads from the front. We expected a great comeback from her. Our team looks good, before we depended on two or three players,” said Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur after the game.

Poonam, who missed the previous tri-series due to a hand injury, also received good support from other bowlers, including the Shikha Pandey pacemaker.

Agra, 28, was making a hat-trick but was lost for a little, since wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia missed a difficult opportunity.

The tournament opener saw a record attendance of 13,000 more with a considerable share of support for India.

India will play Bangladesh in Perth on February 24.

“It was great for me to come back from an injury and act like this. It was the third time I was doing a hat-trick but I was pleased to be able to do the work for the team,” Poonam said in the post-presentation of the game.

Australia had a good start in its chase with starter Alyssa Healy making a 51 of 35 balls, with six limits and a six.

However, Indian spinners led by Poonam triggered a collapse when Australia suddenly dropped to 82 for six.

Poonam (4/19) broke four wickets, two in successive deliveries on the 12th, to break the back of Australia’s persecution.

Ashleigh Gardner (34 of 36) tried his part but did not get any support from the other side.

Previously, India wasted a quick start to finish with a total below par.

Shafali Verma, sixteen, led India to 40 lossless in four overs with a typically aggressive 29 of 15 balls, but his fall derailed the entrances when the other batters disappointed.

Deepti Sharma made 46 composite balls 49 in the second half of the innings, but the firepower that India needed in the deaths was missing.

India initially crossed with Shafali leading the opposition to the cleaners, hitting five four and six.

However, left-hand spinner Jess Jonassen (2/24) broke two quick wickets, Smriti Mandhana (10 of 11) and Harmanpreet (2 of 5) to reduce India to 47 by three.

Deepti then shared 53 races with Jemimah Rodrigues (26 of 33) to score 100 in the 16th.

For Australia, Ellyse Perry (1/15) and Delissa Kimmince (1/24) were the other wicket bearers.

Times of India