Result
1st Match, Sydney, Feb 21 2020, Group A (N), ICC Women's T20 World Cup
132/4
(19.5/20 ov, target 133)
115
IND Women won by 17 runs
Player Of The Match
India Women
8m
• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Poonam Yadav bewitches Australia to give India opening win

The hosts struggled on a slow, dry surface that proved to be suited to Yadav's art

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
India Women132/4(20 overs)
Australia Women115(19.5 overs)

10.25pm Riding on Poonam Yadav's sublime control and wrong'uns, India have toppled defending champions Australia to open the T20 World Cup in front of 13,432 spectators, comfortably a record for a standalone women's match in Australia. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing is to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Alex Malcolm and Venkat Raghav.

Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: This is a great feeling to win the first game of the tournament. We knew this track is something where we can do well. If we can get to 140, we thought the bowlers can do the job. This track wasn't easy to bat on - the partnership between Jemi and Deepti was crucial for us. I'm happy we got 130 and that was something with which our bowlers can do well. A bowler like Poonam is someone who leads from the front. We were expecting a great comeback from her. Our team is looking nice, earlier we depended on two-three players.

Meg Lanning, Australia captain: They started off well and put us under the pump. At the halfway mark, 133 to chase, we thought we did well. It was consistent bounce, there was a little bit, we thought of playing straight….I think the lack of partnerships in the middle (what went wrong?) India bowled extremely well and thoroughly deserved the win.

10.15pm Poonam Yadav, Player of the Match: Thanks to her physio and team-mates and family and friends for helping her recover from injury. This is the third time I'm missing a hat-trick, but thanks to my physio and team-mates I've recovered. Hopefully, I get a hat-trick in the future.

Simon: "Some atrocious shot selection by Aus to waste a great bowling performance. They need to get their heads right fast or it will be a short tournament. "

Suyog: "Well played girls. Poonam, you are the star. Hattricks do need a share of luck, you will get one in future, no worries. Congrats to you."

Ramasamy: "Also, tremendous control by Indian bowlers. No wides, just 2 extras in the 20 overs. "

19.5
w
Pandey to Schutt, 1 run, OUT
pretty full on middle, opens the face and drives to deep cover. There's a mix-up between the wickets and that is that. Jemimah swoops down on the ball and catches Strano short
M Strano run out (Rodrigues/Pandey) 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Alan : "good to see Aussies preparing low and slow wickets...seriously why make India feel at home"

19.4
1
Pandey to Strano, 1 run
shuffles across off and drags a single wide of midwicket

rahul: "in the context of the game, Verma and Sharma's innings along with Yadav bowling is where India will win the contest"

19.3
Pandey to Schutt, no run
off-stump yorker, dug back to Pandey

Schutt is the No.11

19.2
w
Pandey to Gardner, OUT
full-toss on off, not above the waistline, surprises Gardner, she splices it high into the air. Pandey runs in from her followthrough and grabs the return catch
A Gardner c & b Pandey 34 (36b 3x4 1x6) SR: 94.44

Vivek Rajendran: "Isn't she no:10 by the way.?!" --- Oh well, of course

19.1
1
Pandey to Strano, 1 run
full and swerving away outside off, Strano eyes up the leg side, swipes....and the ball settles into the gloves of Bhatia. India think they have their woman. Caught behind? Okay, replaces indicate that the ball bounced just in front of the keeper. Gardner is back on strike

Australia need 21 off the last over to pull off a coup

end of over 196 runs • 1 wicket
AUS-W: 112/8CRR: 5.89 • RRR: 21.00 • Need 21 from 6b
Ashleigh Gardner34 (35)
Molly Strano0 (0)
Deepti Sharma4-0-17-0
Poonam Yadav4-0-19-4
18.6
Sharma to Gardner, no run
skidder outside off, Gardner swishes and misses, No.11 will be on strike for the start of the last over
18.5
4
Sharma to Gardner, FOUR runs
dug in short on off, Gardner steps back, lines it up and smokes it behind square for four. Middles the pull and finds the fence
18.4
w
Sharma to Gardner, 1 run, OUT
down the track and muscled to deep midwicket. Gardner chances a second, Jemimah swoops down on the ball from the outfield and throws it flat and hard to Sharma, who tips the bails off at the non-striker's end to catch Kimmince short
DM Kimmince run out (Rodrigues/Sharma) 4 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00
18.3
Sharma to Gardner, no run
another swing and a miss, this is tossed slower and away from Gardner's swinging arc
18.2
Sharma to Gardner, no run
Gardner shimmies out, darted into the thigh, she misses the big swipe
18.1
1
Sharma to Kimmince, 1 run
speared on off, down the track and swung away towards long-on
end of over 184 runs
AUS-W: 106/7CRR: 5.88 • RRR: 13.50 • Need 27 from 12b
Delissa Kimmince3 (4)
Ashleigh Gardner29 (30)
Poonam Yadav4-0-19-4
Shikha Pandey3-0-11-2
17.6
1
Poonam Yadav to Kimmince, 1 run
reverse-swept from the stumps to point. Poonam Yadav, picked ahead of Radha Yadav, finishes with 4 for 19

21.7 Ball bouncing more than once, rolling along the ground or pitching off the pitch

The umpire shall call and signal No ball if a ball which he/she considers to have been delivered, without having previously touched bat or person of the striker,

- bounces more than once or rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease

17.5
1
Poonam Yadav to Gardner, 1 run
down the track, takes a full-toss and crashes it down to long-on
17.4
Poonam Yadav to Gardner, no run
slower, shorter, chopped to the covers
17.3
Poonam Yadav to Gardner, no run
free-hit, dragged to square leg off a bottom edge
17.3
1nb
Poonam Yadav to Gardner, 1 no ball
what was that? Grubber, bounces twice, sneaks through the legs and rattles the timber. Gardner hangs on and chats to the umpire. Since it bounced twice before reaching the crease, it is a no-ball
17.2
Poonam Yadav to Gardner, no run
shorter and quicker, cracked off the back foot, but can't pierce the tightly packed off-side infield
17.1
1
Poonam Yadav to Kimmince, 1 run
tossed up liberally and breaks away outside off, powered down to long-off
Best performances - batsmen
AJ Healy
51 runs (35)
6 fours
1 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
cover drive
9 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
408295158
DB Sharma
49 runs (46)
3 fours
0 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
sweep shot
17 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
3001417816
Best performances - bowlers
Poonam Yadav
O
4
M
0
R
19
W
4
Eco
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
S Pandey
O
3.5
M
0
R
14
W
3
Eco
3.65
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Showground Stadium
TossAustralia Women , elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Player Of The Match
Poonam Yadav
Match numberWomen's T20I no. 846
Season2019/20
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days21 February 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Jacqueline Williams
Shaun George
TV Umpire
Gregory Brathwaite
Reserve Umpire
Kim Cotton
Match Referee
Chris Broad
PointsIndia Women 2, Australia Women 0