Sydney: Wrist spinner Poonam Yadav returned with a four-wicket haul as India outwitted Australia by 17 runs within the opening match to make a convincing begin to the Girls’s T20 World Cup right here on Friday.
Put into bat, India posted a below-par 132 for 4 of their stipulated 20 overs, driving on Shafali Verma’s 15-ball 29 and an unbeaten 46-ball 49 from Deepti Sharma.
Nonetheless, the guests then returned to bowl out the hosts for 115 in 19.5 overs.
Australia have been off to begin to their chase with opener Alyssa Healy (51) making a 35-ball 51 laced with six boundaries and a six to anchor the chase initially.
Nonetheless, Indian spinners led by Poonam triggered a collapse as Australia abruptly slipped to 82 for six.
Poonam (4/19) snapped 4 wickets, two in successive deliveries of the 12th over to interrupt the spine of Australia’s chase.
Ashleigh Gardner (34 off 36) tried her bit however didn’t get any help from the opposite finish.
Earlier, India frittered away a flying begin to submit 132 for Four towards defending champions Australia on the Sydney Showground stadium right here on Friday.
Despatched into bat, opener Shafali blasted 29 off 15 balls studded with 5 fours and a six however Jess Jonassen (2/24) took two wickets to scale back India to 47 for 3.
Deepti (49 not out) and Jemimah Rodrigues (26) then added 53 runs to carry up the hundred.
India will subsequent tackle Bangladesh at Perth on February 24.
India: 132 for Four in 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49, Shafali 29; Jess Jonaseen 2/24).
Australia: 115 in 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4/19).