Women's T20 World Cup: India Beat Defending Champions Australia By 17 Runs In Tournament Opener
Indian women's team began their T20 World Cup campaign with a 17-run win over defending champions Australia in Sydney.
Sixteen-year-old Shafali Verma (19 off 15 balls) got India off to a flying start, adding 40 runs in first four overs. All images courtesy: AFP
Australia bowlers pulled things back towards the end of the powerplay as they picked up three wickets in quick succession.
Jemimah Rodrigues (26 off 33 balls) and Deepti Sharma (49 not out off 46 balls) bailed India out of spot of bother with a crucial 53-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Alyssa Healy (51 off 35 balls) got Australia off to a solid start but Indian bowlers picked three wickets inside first 10 overs to pull things back.
Poonam Yadav spun a web around Australia batters and picked up four crucial wickets, conceding just 19 runs, in her comeback game.
Riding on Poonam Yadav's brilliant bowling spell, India bowled Australia out for 115 runs, thus winning the match by 17 runs.