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India vs Australia, Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Highlights: Poonam Yadav helps India kick World T20s on stellar note

India vs Australia Women's (IND W vs AUS W) T20, Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Poonam Yadav emerged as the star of the night, leading the Aussie carnage with her clinical bowling display.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: February 21, 2020 5:05:19 pm
India vs Australia, Women’s T20 World Cup Highlights: India kick-off their campaign with a stellar note.

India vs Australia Women’s (IND W vs AUS W), Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Highlights: Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian unit kicked-off their World T20s campaign on a stellar note, beating defending champions Australia by 17 runs in the tournament opener on Friday at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Poonam Yadav emerged as the star of the night, leading the Aussie carnage with her clinical bowling display. She picked four wickets and gave away 19 runs in her four-overs quota as Australia were bundled out on 115 in 19.5 overs.

Earlier in the day, India could only manage 132/4 on the board, something they would like to work on as they progress further in the tournament. The team will now head to Perth for their second clash against Bangladesh, which is scheduled for Monday.

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India vs Australia, Women's T20 World Cup 2020 Highlights:


    16:45 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    India start the campaign on resounding note!

    It's all over at the Sydney Showground Stadium as Australi bow down in front of India spinners. In response to India's 132, the hosts could only manage 115/10 in 19.5 overs. The architect of the win has been Poonam Yadav, as she dismantled the Aussie middle-order with her clinical bowling. 

    16:37 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Easy pickings for Deepti!

    A full toss from Deepti Sharma and Ashleigh Gardner fails to get the connected she would have desired for as she hits the ball straight into the hair. The bowler calls for it and in the end, it's some easy pickings for Deepti. AUS: 113/9 (19.2 overs)

    16:33 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Pressure mounts on hosts!

    The pressure is mounting on the hosts and India capitalise. After hitting Deepti Sharma towards the deep mid-wicket region, Ashleigh Gardner shouts for a double, but an excellent throw from the deep by Jemimah Rodrigues spoils the party for the hosts. Delissa Kimmince falls short by miles as India command the proceedings in Sydney. AUS: 112/8 (19 overs) 

    16:29 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Poonam misses out on a FIFER!

    Poonam Yadav almost claimed her 5th wicket of the night but unfortunate for the Indian as the umpire rules it a no-ball. The ball had knocked the stumps but TV replay shows that it bounced twice before it reached Ashleigh Gardner. She completes her four-over spell with a clinical figure of 4/19. AUS: 106/7 (18 overs) 

    16:22 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Taniya Bhatia executes some sharp glovework!

    Shikha Pandey joins the party but it wouldn't have been completed without some sharp glovework by Taniya Bhatia. Apart from the one odd drop catch, she is having a great outing. Meanwhile, the hosts have lost their 7th wicket and need another 31 to win from 18 balls. AUS: 102/7 

    16:19 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Slightly expensive from India's perspective!

    Rajeshwari Gayakwad concedes nine in her previous over, slightly expensive from India's perspective. Just when the pressure was mounting on the hosts, Ashleigh Gardner steps up and slams Gayakwad for SIX over the long-on region. India need to hold their nerves and maintain the pressure on the defending champions. AUS: 91/6 (15 overs) 

    16:11 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Poonam Yadav is wreaking havoc!

    Poonam Yadav is wreaking havoc in Sydney as she picks her fourth wicket in the span of three overs. The ball was travelling away from Jess Jonassen as she tries to play it across the line and gets a faint bottom edge. No mistake from Taniya Bhatia on this occasion as Australia lose their seventh wicket. AUS: 82/6 (14 overs)

    16:03 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Poonam Yadav is on fire!

    Another one bites the dust and Poonam Yadav is on fire. This time it's a googly and Rachael Haynes fails to read the incoming delivery, she walks out of her crease and fails to make any contact, leaving Taniya Bhatia with some easy pickings. Meanwhile, she strikes again in the next delivery as she cleans up Ellyse Perry on a golden duck. She, however, fails to claim her hattrick by a whisker as Jess Jonassen gets an outside edge but Bhatia fails to collect it. India are back in the contest, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur pats Yadav and indicates not to be disappointed with the missed chance. AUS: 76/5 (12 overs)

    15:53 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Alyssa Healy departs after completing half-century

    A flighted delivery by Poonam Yadav and it came slowly than what Alyssa Healy had expected. She tosses the ball up towards the bowler and Yadav completes a simple catch in her followthrough. Healy departs after scoring 51 from 35 balls. AUS: 67/3 (10 overs) 

    15:49 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    Australia captain Meg Lanning departs for 5, Gayakwad with the important wicket as she beat Lanning with spin and the edge is caught by Tanya Bhatia behind the stumps AUS are 58/2 after 9 overs.

    15:44 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    AUS cross 50

    Australia women have crossed 50 runs with the loss of an opener. Arundhati Reddy comes into the attack and the pacer is taken for 15 runs by Healy, who is on fire. She slams three boundaries off the over to take her side to 52/1 after 8 overs.

    15:36 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    Shikha Pandey with the much-needed breakthrough for India. Beth Mooney gifts a catch to backward point, departs for 6 as AUS are 33/1 after 6 overs. India keeping things in check during powerplay.

    15:31 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Mandhana saves four

    Smriti Mandhana dives brilliantly to save four, but crashes into the hoardings afterwards. After 5 overs, Australia 30 for no loss – Alyssa Healy is on fire with 23 off 19, Beth Mooney 6 off 11.

    15:22 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Australia in command!

    Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have got off to a great start as the pair adds 19 runs after the end of 3 overs. The game can slip from India's hands if they fail to pick quick wickets. Meanwhile, the hosts will be happy with the way things have turned out for them. 

    15:16 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Brilliant effort by Mandhana!

    A brilliant effort by Smriti Mandhana as she throws herself into the boundary ropes to save the extra run. However, it seems that she has injured her shoulder in the process and the physios have taken her off the pitch. Meanwhile, Rajeshwari Gayakwad joins the attack from the other end.  AUS: 5/0 (1 over) 

    15:07 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Australian chase begins!

    The pair of Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney arrive in the middle to start the Australian chase. Deepti Sharma will start the attack for India. Can India defend a paltry 132 and start their World T20 campaign on a winning note? 

    14:53 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    INDW set a target of 133

    After scoring just four runs in the penultimate over, India continued to be on the backfoot with a barrage of singles and two. Delissa Kimmince maintained the pressure and conceded just seven runs in the last over of the innings. While Deepti Sharma scored 49*, Veda Krishnamurthy scored 9* to help India to a paltry 132/4. Can India's bowlers turn things around? Stick around!

    14:48 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Climax coming up

    Deepti Sharma (43*) has led India to a fighting total, and with two overs left, they are looking at something like 140. Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy have to up their ante if they want to post a total that can challenge the Australia batting order. INDW are 121/4 after 18 overs.

    14:44 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    OUT! Jemimah Rodrigues is trapped LBW by Delissa Kimmince. India lose important wicket as Rodrigues departs for 26. INDW are 100/4 after 16 overs.

    14:34 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    India require increase in scoring rate

    Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues working on the rebuild here. Their partnership has nearly hit 50 and India are 95/3 with five overs to go but the two need to make sure India see an increase in the scoring rate.


    India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia(w), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol

    Australia: Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Erin Burns, Molly Strano