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Indian women stun defending champions Australia in T20 World Cup opener

India stunned defending champions Australia by 17 runs in their opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup on Friday as Indian wrist spinner Poonam Yadav was the star of the match claiming four-wickets to restrict the hosts to 115 all out.

Put into bat, India could only manage a below-par 132 for four in the allotted 20 overs after Opener Shafali Verma hit a quickfire 15-ball 29 and Deepti Sharma finished with unbeaten 46-ball 49.

However, Indian bowling unit knocked out the Aussie batswomen for 115 runs in 19.5 overs even after Australia were off to a good start.

Opener Alyssa Healy (51) scored 51 off 35 balls 51 that included six boundaries and a six.

But with the introduction of Indian spinners led by Poonam, Australia collapsed to 82 for six.

Poonam picked up four wickets, two in successive deliveries of the 12th over while returning figures of 4/19 in her four overs.

Ashleigh Gardner score 34 off 36 and was the only other Aussie batswomen to get into double-figures. She was the ninth wicket to fall as two tail-enders were run-out.

Shikha Pandey picked up three wickets in 3.5 overs while giving away just 14 runs.

Jess Jonassen of Australia took two wickets to reduce India to 47 for three.

Deepti (49 not out) and Jemimah Rodrigues (26) then added 53 runs to bring up the hundred.

India will next take on Bangladesh at Perth on February 24.

Brief Score:

India: 132 for 4 in 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49, Shafali 29; Jess Jonassen 2/24).

Australia: 115 in 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4/19).

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