Poonam Yadav’s leg-spinning helped India stun defending champions Australia in the opening match of Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 at the Showground Stadium in Sydney on Friday.
The defending champions looked to be cruising in their chase of 133 but four wickets for six runs from Poonam Yadav saw the game flip on its head at the Sydney Showground.
But, Alyssa Healy had returned to form with a timely 51 but her teammates struggled around her, Ashleigh Gardner (34) the only other batter into double figures. She failed to reach double figures in her previous six innings but started positively at the Showground, a plethora of boundaries lighting up her innings.
Brief Scores: India 132-4 (Deepti Sharma 49 not out, Shafali Verma 29; Jess Jonassen 2-24);
Australia 115 all out (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4-19, Shikha Pandey 3-14)