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Poonam Yadav’s Brilliant Spell Helps India Women To Amazing Opening Win

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the India Women got off to a decent start with the openers, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma adding crucial 41 runs for the first wicket stand. However, after that opening partnership, India Women lost three key wickets in the form of Mandhana, Shafali and captain Harmanpreet Kaur in quick succession. The pair of Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma then joined hands to do the recovery work.

The duo stitched an excellent partnership of 53 runs for the fourth wicket before Rodrigues was dismissed for a 33-ball 26. However, Deepti Sharma played an exceptional unbeaten knock of 49 runs off 46 balls to help India Women finish with a competitive total of 132 for 4 in 20 overs. For Australia Women, Jess Jonassen picked two wickets.

In the second innings, the Australia Women did not get off to the best of starts losing the key wicket of Beth Mooney with 32 runs on the board. Australian captain Meg Lanning also got out pretty soon failing to contribute much with the bat. Wicket-keeper batswoman Alyssa Healy played a fine innings of 51 runs off just 35 balls at the top.

With the wicket of Healy, Australia Women suffered a crushing batting collapse as they lost 15 for 4. Poonam Yadav bowled a brilliant spell picking four vital wickets to turn the game in India’s favour. Towards the end, Ashleigh Gardner played a crucial knock of 34 runs off 36 balls but failed to take her team over the finishing line. Eventually Australia Women got bowled out for 115 runs in 19.5 overs. For India, Poonam was the star with the ball finishing with sensational figures of 4 for 19 and Shikha Pandey also took three crucial wickets.

Brief Scores

India Women: 132/4 in 20 overs (Deepti Sharma-49*, Shafali Verma-29; Jess Jonassen 2/24, Ellyse Perry 1/15)

Australia Women: 115/10 in 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy-51, Ashleigh Gardner-34; Poonam Yadav 4/19, Shikha Pandey 3/14)

Result: India Women won the match by 17 runs.