New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav on Friday produced a magnificent spell to help India defeat defending champions Australia by 17 runs in the opening match of the ongoing World's T20 World Cup held in Sydney on Friday.

Sent in to bat, India struggled to a below-par 132 before Poonam (4/19) foxed Aussie with her googlies, turning the match in favour of India.

Australia, who have won the four out of the last six T20 World Cup, were all out for 115 in 19.5 overs.

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Poonam, who missed the tri-series due to a hand injury last month, also got good support from other bowlers including pacer Shikha Pandey.

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"It was great for me to come back from injury and perform like this. It was the third time that I was on a hat-trick but satisfied that I was able to do the job for the team," said Poonam at the post-match presentation.

Aussies were off to a good start in their chase with opener Alyssa Healy scoring 35-ball 51. However, Indian spinners led by Poonam led to a collapse as Australia were suddenly reduced to 82 for six.

Ashleigh Gardener (34 runs off 36 balls) tried her best but didn't get support from the other end as wickets continued to fell at the other end.

Shafali Verma, 16, took 16 India to 40 for no loss with aggressive 29 off 15 balls but her dismissal derailed the innings as other batswomen disappointed.

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Deepti Sharma made a well-composed 46-ball 49 in the second half of the innings but failed to go hard at bowlers in the death overs.

For Australia women, left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen snapped two quick wickets, Smriti Mandhana (10) and Harmanpreet (2) to reduce India to 47 for three.

Deepti then shared 53 runs partnership with Jemimah Rodrigues (26 off 33) to bring up three-figure mark in the 16th over.

Ellyse Perry and Delissa Kimmince were other wicket-takers in the Aussie line up taking one wicket each.

Posted By: James Kuanal