Poonam four-fer shocks Australia in tournament opener

Dhaka, Tuesday   31 March 2020


Poonam four-fer shocks Australia in tournament opener

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:08 PM, 21 February 2020   Updated: 08:08 PM, 21 February 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav's magical spell helped India women's cricket team to start their ICC Women's Twenty20 World Cup with a 17-run comfortable victory against host Australia at the Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday. Batting first, India post 132 runs for the loss of four wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. In reply, the defending champion Australia all out for 115 runs in 19.5 overs.

Elisha Healy and Beth Mooney, two openers start slowly in reply as they add only 32 runs in 5.4 overs. Beth Mooney returned to the pavilion with 6 runs from 12 balls. 

The hosts then lost wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Meg Lanning (5) returned quickly. Poonam Yadav come to the attack and sent back Alyssa Healy (51 off 35). 

Australia's girls lost momentum by losing 6 wickets in 82 runs at Poonam's Yadav leg-break Google. Ashley Gardner tried along at the other end but his efforts wasn't enough to avoid the defeat.

Poonam Yadav picked up 4 wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs. Shikha Pandey also took 3 wickets. 

Earlier,  India squandered a flying start to end up with a below-par total.

Sixteen-year-old Shafali Verma took India to 40 for no loss in four overs with a typically aggressive 29 off 15 balls but her fall derailed the innings as the other batters disappointed.

Deepti Sharma made a composed 46-ball 49 in the second half of the innings but the firepower that India needed in the death overs was badly missing.

India were cruising initially with Shafali taking the opposition to the cleaners, hitting five fours and a six.

However, left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (2/24) snapped two quick wickets, Smriti Mandhana (10 off 11) and Harmanpreet (2 off 5) to reduce India to 47 for three.

Deepti then shared 53 runs with Jemimah Rodrigues (26 off 33) to bring up the 100 in the 16th over.

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