India upset Australia in opening T20 World Cup clash

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21st February, 2020 05:30:59 printer

India upset Australia in opening T20 World Cup clash

Time and again India, and their team management, have unabashedly backed their spinners to do the job for them irrespective of conditions. And they haven't been let down a lot.

Four-time champions, Australia's title defence suffered a massive blow right at the start as India's spinners, led by Poonam Yadav's 4 for 19, successfully defended 132 in the 2020 Women's T20 World Cup opener in Sydney on Friday.

India were restricted to 132, courtesy Deepti Sharma's steady career-best of 49 not out after Jess Jonassen's opening spell sucked the momentum out of India's early charge.

Alyssa Healy then roared back in form with a fifty to begin her World Cup, but once that threat was negated by Poonam - her first of four victims in the day - India had the upper hand.

The legspinner was denied a hattrick in the followed over but the two wickets she did manage - Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry - were enough to break the back of Australia's chase.

Ashleigh Gardener dropped down to five, and remained Australia's hope but 21 off the final over was too luxurious a cushion to not be defended comfortably. Australia folded for 115, off the penultimate ball to hand India a 17-run victory.

 

Brief scores: India 132/4 in 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49*, Shafali Verma 29; Jess Jonassen 2-24) beat Australia 115 in 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4-19) by 17 runs.


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