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Yadav bowls India to upset win in women’s T20WC

AFP, Sydney
Yadav bowls India to upset win in women’s T20WC
India's Poonam Yadav (2nd L) celebrates after dismissing Australia's Ellyse Perry on her first ball during the opening match of the women's Twenty20 World Cup cricket tournament at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Yesterday. AFP photo

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav bowled India to an upset 17-run win over defending champions Australia in the opening game of the women's Twenty20 World Cup in Sydney on Friday.

India were restricted to 132 for four off their 20 overs before a half-century from Australian opener Alyssa Healy appeared to have the home team on track for victory. But then Yadav was brought into the attack.

Voted India’s top female player last year, she bagged the crucial wickets of Healy, Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry, and was desperately unlucky not to grab a hat-trick in her match-winning 4-19. It was a big win for India, with only the top two from each of the two five-team groups making the knockout phase. A dangerous New Zealand, along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, are also in their group.

Australia won the toss at a near-full Sydney Showgrounds and elected to bowl. It looked a dubious decision as exciting 16-year-old opener Shafali Verma powered India to 40 without loss after four overs. But the wheels came off with three quick wickets falling as the momentum shifted. Verma made batting look easy as she plundered four fours off the world's top T20 bowler Megan Schutt in a single over. But Jess Jonassen then pounced, nabbing Smriti Mandhana lbw for 10 before Perry tempted Verma into another big hit and she was caught at midwicket for 29.

Kaur lasted just five balls before being stumped as India lost three wickets for six runs. Jemimah Rodrigues and the experienced Deepti Sharma steadied the ship with a 53-run stand but they could only reach 132. Australia made a steady start, putting on 30 runs in the opening five overs before fast bowler Shikha Pandey removed Beth Mooney. Healy kept the pressure on with a flurry of boundaries.

She brought up her 10th half-century with a six off Yadav, who promptly got her out next ball. Yadav then tempted Haynes down the pitch and she was stumped before Perry was bowled for a golden duck. Yadav was on a hat-trick and Jess Jonassen got an edge only for wicketkeeper Tanya Bhatia to fluff the catch, depriving her of glory. But she soon struck again to snare Jonassen and Australia could find no way back.

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