Poonam Yadav played really well in her comeback. She did a brilliant job by steering India with 17 runs win over Australia at the opening match of T20 Women’s World Cup on Friday.
Before Poonam Yadav on the field, India struggled its way in the match by 4/19 in 4 overs. Poonam played against Aussies brilliantly with her googlies, by bending the match in her Indian team’s favor.
Women Australian team is well known for its four times victory in six editions. But today they were held out by 115 in 19.5 overs.
Harmanpreet Kaur said after the game, “A bowler like Poonam always plays from the front. We already has high expectations from Poonam before the match. Our whole team is in great form now, earlier it used to depend on mainly two-three cricketers.”
Due to hand injury, Poonam missed the earlier tri-series but this time she was in full form and got a great support from other team players, especially pacer Shikha Pandey.
Poonam, 28-year old from Agra city was about to hit her hat-trick but unfortunately couldn’t because wicketkeeper Taniya dropped a chance.
The opener of the tournament saw 1300 plus people attending the live match with mostly cheering and supporting for India.
Indian team plays its next T20 match against Bangladesh on 24th February in Perth.
“It is an amazing feeling to be able to comeback from an injury and play like this. This was for the third time that I was about to hit hat-trick but I am happy with my performance” said Yadav after the match.
Australia started off rally well with chasing opener Alyssa Healy who successfully made 35-ball 51, tied up with six boundaries and a six.
Nevertheless, Indian bowlers, leading Poonam prompted a collapse when Australian team slipped to 82 for six.
Poonam bagged four wickets (4/19), the two consecutive deliveries in over 12th which broke the back of Australian team.
Ashleigh Gardner (34 off 36) didn’t get any support at the field but made her best attempt during the match.
Shefali Verma, 16-year-old made 40 in four overs with a typical aggression at 29 off 15 balls but her fall ruined the innings due to disappointing other batters.
Deepti Sharma, during the second half of the match banged 46-ball 49 but the power was missing which Indian team during the death overs.
Initially, Indian team sailed well because of Shafali who took the opponents by hitting five fours and a six.
Though, spinner Jess Jonassen (2/24) won two wickets, Smriti Mandhana (10 off 11) and Harmanpreet (2 off 5) reduced India to 47 for three.
Deepti and Jemimah Rodrigues shared 53 runs (26 off 33) bring up 100 in 16th over.
For Australia, Ellyse Perry (1/15) and Dellisa Kimmince (1/24) were one of the other wicket tickers.