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Highlights, Australia Women vs India Women, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, Full Cricket Score: Team India begin campaign with 17-run win

Date: Friday, 21 February, 2020 17:06 IST

Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney

Match Ended

India Women beat Australia Women by 17 runs

132/4 OV : (20.0) RR.(6.6)
115/10 OV : (19.5) RR.(5.9)
Match Ended:

India Women beat Australia Women by 17 runs

Man Of the Match:

This over 19.5

  • 1
  • 0(W)
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Megan Schutt

  • 1 (1)
  • 4s X 0
  • 6s X 0


Deepti Sharma

  • 17 (4)
  • M X 0
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Rajeshwari Gayakwad

  • 31 (4)
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Current Partnership Last Wicket

2 ( 0.3 ) R/R: 4

Megan Schutt 1(1)

Molly Strano 1(2)

115/10 (19.5 over)

Molly Strano 2 (3) SR: S.R (66.67)

run out (Jemimah Rodrigues)

ICC Women Match 1 Match Result India Women beat Australia Women by 17 runs

Highlights, Australia Women vs India Women, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, Full Cricket Score: Team India begin campaign with 17-run win


17:02 (IST)

What a start for Team India, beginning their World Cup campaign with a superb performance  against the hosts, defending champions and strong favourites Australia! Meg Lanning's side suddenly are under pressure with qualification for the semis looking a lot tougher after this defeat, and they will have to come out all guns blazing in their next outing, which will be against the Sri Lankans on Monday. India, meanwhile, have a couple of days to celebrate their victory before they get right back to training for their next Group A encounter against Bangladesh.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the opening game. It's a goodbye from us for now.

17:02 (IST)

"They started well and put us under the pump, but our bowlers did a pretty good job to pull things back. There was lack of a partnership and that took the momentum away from us. It's not an ideal start but if we win the remaining games, we can still be through."  

- Meg Lanning, Australia captain 

16:56 (IST)

Australia W v India W in Women's World T20:

Won while chasing by 7 wickets, 2010
Won while chasing by 8 wickets, 2012
Lost while chasing by 48 runs, 2018
Lost while chasing by 17 runs, 2020*

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
16:56 (IST)
16:55 (IST)

Smallest victories for India in Women's T20 World Cup (by runs): 

6 v Pak W, Sylhet, 2014
17 v Aus W, Sydney, 2020
34 v NZ W, Providence, 2018*

16:54 (IST)

Harmanpreet Kaur: Definitely it's a great feeling, and I'm really happy for my girls, they did well. We knew this track is something where we can do well. We were looking to score 140 and for the bowlers to defend it. This track was not easy to bat on. Partnership between Deepti and Jemi was crucial. 130 was quite defendable in the end. Bowler like Poonam, she is someone who always leads from the front. She did great comeback for the team, and that's what we were expecting from her. Our team is looking very nice. Now we're playing as a unit. If we do well, we'll definitely win this World Cup.

16:46 (IST)

Poonam Yadav: (On her fitness and recovery) My teammates have supported me a lot. I want to thank my teammates and the physio, and I have come this far with their help. This is the first time I've bowled against Australia in a T20 here. Hope to continue like this in the future as well. We needed it today, and that's what I done. This is the third time I didn't get a hat-trick, but hope I'll get it later. God is great! Hope to continue doing well in the future.

16:43 (IST)

Poonam Yadav is the Player of the Match for her stunning performance of 4/19!

16:41 (IST)

After 19.5 overs,Australia Women 115/10 ( Megan Schutt 1 , )

Shikha Pandey bowls out the final over, and we have an appeal for a caught-behind off the first delivery — which ultimately goes in favour of the hosts as the ball is shown to be landing on grass before settling in the keeper's gloves. Kaur then spreads the field out for Gardner, who then departs off the second ball — getting a thick leading edge that results in an easy catch for the bowler. It's just a formality for the Indians thereafter — a dot and a single off the next two balls, before Strano's run out at the non-striker's end completes a fine 17-run victory for Team India at the start of the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup!

16:39 (IST)

OUT! And it's a run-out that ultimately seals a fine victory for Harmanpreet Kaur and Co! India win by 17 runs to begin the T20 World Cup in style! AUS 115 all out

Strano run out (Rodrigues/Pandey) 2(3)

16:36 (IST)

OUT! Pandey effectively seals the game as Gardner edges a full toss, with the bowler running to her right towards short midwicket to complete a relatively easy return catch! AUS 113/9

Gardner c and b Pandey 34(36)

16:33 (IST)

After 19 overs,Australia Women 112/8 ( Ashleigh Gardner 34 , Molly Strano 0)

Kaur gives Deepti the crucial penultimate over. And she doesn't disappoint — giving away no more than five runs and knocking the bails off at the non-striker's end to run Kimmince out for 4. Australia need 21 from the last over with Gardner batting on 34, with Strano for company.

16:32 (IST)

FOUR! Ash Gardner pulls a back-of-length ball behind square to collect her third four, and keep the Aussie hopes alive! AUS 112/8

16:31 (IST)

OUT! The pressure eventually got the better of the Aussies, with Kimmince running herself out at the non-striker's end while coming back for a risky second run in order to give the strike to Gardner. AUS 108/8

Kimmince run out (Verma/Sharma) 4(5)

16:27 (IST)

After 18 overs,Australia Women 106/7 ( Ashleigh Gardner 29 , Delissa Kimmince 3)

Poonam Yadav bowls out her final over. Bowls a real slow one to Gardner in the second delivery, the ball bouncing twice before hitting the stumps. While the Indians celebrate the 'dismissal', Gardner stands her ground and the umpires have a bit of a discussion — before signalling it a no-ball due. Four runs off her last over, as Yadav signs off with exceptional figures of 4/19! Australia need another 27 to win from 12 balls with three wickets in hand.

16:22 (IST)

After 17 overs,Australia Women 102/7 ( Ashleigh Gardner 28 , Delissa Kimmince 1)

Kaur turns to Pandey now for the 17th over — with the penultimate over presumably also reserved for her. The move turns out to be the right one for the Indians, as she manages to get Sutherland stumped for 2 off the third delivery, although Gardner's presence at the crease will continue to worry Kaur and Co. Two runs and a wicket from the over. Australia need 31 to win from 18 balls with three wickets in hand.

16:20 (IST)

OUT! Sutherland's innings comes to an end as she misses a wide delivery from Pandey, and is a couple of steps down the track by the time Bhatia whips the bails off behind her. Australia lose their seventh now! AUS 101/7

Sutherland st Bhatia b Pandey 2(5)

16:18 (IST)

After 16 overs,Australia Women 100/6 ( Ashleigh Gardner 27 , Annabel Sutherland 2)

Gayakwad bowls out her quota of overs, conceding nine from her last over including a six to Gardner off the penultimate delivery that restores some confidence into the Aussie camp. Australia need another 33 to win from 24 balls.

16:17 (IST)

SIX! Gardner takes a couple of steps forward and launches the ball into the orbit over long on for a maximum! AUS 99/6

16:14 (IST)

After 15 overs,Australia Women 91/6 ( Ashleigh Gardner 19 , Annabel Sutherland 1)

Reddy leaks a boundary off the first ball, with Gardner flicking the ball behind square, but restricts the opposition batters to the ones and twos for the remainder of the over, with nine coming from it. Australia need 42 to win from another 30, with Gardner's presence now crucial to the title holders.

16:11 (IST)

FOUR! Much-needed boost of confidence for the hosts, as Gardner begins the 15th over with a boundary towards the backward square-leg fence. AUS 86/6

16:10 (IST)

After 14 overs,Australia Women 82/6 ( Ashleigh Gardner 11 , Annabel Sutherland 0)

Another brilliant over from Poonam Yadav, getting Jonassen caught-behind for 2, while giving away just one run off it, as the Aussies continue to struggle against her googlies. Australia need 51 to win from 36 balls.

16:09 (IST)

OUT! Wicket number four for Poonam Yadav, and she's single-handedly putting the Indians in a winning position at the moment! Jonassen, who had been dropped by Bhatia in Yadav's previous over, gets an underedge while attempting a sweep, and Bhatia this time doesn't make a mistake behind the stumps. AUS 82/6

Jonassen c Bhatia b Yadav 2(6)

16:06 (IST)

After 13 overs,Australia Women 81/5 ( Ashleigh Gardner 10 , Jess Jonassen 2)

Another tidy over from Reddy, who's making a fine comeback after getting hit for 15 runs in her first over, as she gives away five singles off her third. Australia need 52 to win off 42.

16:03 (IST)

After 12 overs,Australia Women 76/5 ( Ashleigh Gardner 7 , Jess Jonassen 0)

Yadav gets smacked for a boundary off the first ball by Gardner, who then collects a single next ball to bring Haynes on strike. Yadav then bowls three consecutive googlies, removing Haynes and Perry off the first two and nearly completing a hat-trick as Jonassen gets dropped by Bhatia behind the stumps after an outside edge. Things looking real tough for the Aussies now, with another 57 left for them to chase off 48 balls.

15:59 (IST)

OUT! Another googly from Poonam Yadav, and this time she rattles the leg stump to get rid of Ellyse Perry for a duck! What's more, she's on a hat-trick! AUS 76/5

Perry b Yadav 0(1)

15:58 (IST)

OUT! It's Poonam Yadav again, and what a gem of a spell she is bowling for the Indians, this time getting Rachael Haynes stumped for 6! The batter failed to read the googly on this occasion. AUS 76/4

Haynes st Bhatia b Yadav 6(8)

15:57 (IST)

FOUR! Another loopy full toss from Yadav, as Gardner smashes this over extra cover for a boundary! AUS 75/3

15:57 (IST)

After 11 overs,Australia Women 71/3 ( Rachael Haynes 6 , Ashleigh Gardner 2)

Reddy's brought back, this time bowling a much better over — giving away just four singles. Two new batters at the crease for the hosts, and they will need to handle the situation delicately to forge a solid partnership.

15:53 (IST)

After 10 overs,India Women 63/3 ( Jemimah Rodrigues 11 , Deepti Sharma 7)

Poonam Yadav brought into play for the first time in the 10th over of the innings. Healy brings up her 10th T20I fifty in just 34 balls by smashing the ball over the midwicket rope, but is walking back to the dugout off the very next delivery as a clever change of line and length induces a tame drive down the ground, with Yadav pouching the ball safely. Nine runs and a wicket from the over. At the halfway stage of the chase, it still is a 50-50 contest. Australia need another 66 to win from 60 balls.

15:51 (IST)

OUT! Healy's gone! Just the wicket that the Indians were looking for, and it's Poonam Yadav who nets the big fish by collecting a return catch off her own bowling! AUS 67/3

Healy c and b Yadav 51

15:50 (IST)

SIX! Fine way for Alyssa Healy to bring up her half-century — her third in T20 World Cups and 10th overall! Smacks a full toss from Poonam Yadav, clearing the midwicket fence to complete the milestone off just 34 balls! AUS 67/2

15:47 (IST)

After 9 overs,Australia Women 58/2 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 44 , Rachael Haynes 2)

India needed a wicket to get the momentum back in their favour, and Gayakwad's dismissal of opposition skipper Meg Lanning does exactly that, the right-handed batter getting an outside edge to get caught-behind for 5. Rachel Haynes walks out to bat next, and gets off the mark with a single right away. Healy lofts the ball towards long off off the penultimate delivery, with the ball landing just short of Deepti. Six from the over along with the wicket.

15:45 (IST)

OUT! What looked initially like a missed stumping opportunity ultimately turned out to be a caught-behind dismissal! Lanning looked to go downtown, but got an audible nick off the outside edge, and is on her way back for a single-digit score. AUS 55/2

Lanning c Bhatia b Gayakwad 5(8)

15:43 (IST)

After 8 overs,India Women 51/3 ( Jemimah Rodrigues 4 , Deepti Sharma 2)

Reddy's brought into the attack in place of Pandey now, and she starts off with a poor delivery that gets punished for a boundary by Healy. The keeper-batter continues to make merry, collecting back-to-back fours off the fourth and fifth deliveries of the over as 15 runs are added to the Aussie total in this over. Pressure back on the Indians now.

15:42 (IST)

FOUR! Juicy full toss from Reddy, and Healy smacks this towards the midwicket boundary, where the ball lands just short of the cushion. The Aussies cross the fifty-mark with that shot! AUS 51/1

15:41 (IST)

FOUR! Two boundaries off four deliveries from Reddy so far, this time Healy guiding it wide of short third man. AUS 47/1

15:39 (IST)

FOUR! Arundhati Reddy's first delivery of the evening and she bowls a loosener to Healy, which appropriately gets pulled towards the backward square-leg fence for a boundary. AUS 41/1

15:37 (IST)

After 7 overs,Australia Women 37/1 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 26 , Meg Lanning (C) 4)

Gayakwad brought back in place of Deepti, with the body language of the Indians suddenly a little more pumped up after the breakthrough in the previous over, which shows in their efforts. Just four off this over, including a brace off the third ball.

15:33 (IST)

After 6 overs,Australia Women 33/1 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 25 , Meg Lanning (C) 1)

Pandey does the trick in her second over of the evening, getting rid of Mooney — who looks to work a back-of-length ball behind square, but ends up hitting it straight to Gayakwad. Out walks captain Meg Lanning, as Australia reach 33/1 at the end of the powerplay.

15:31 (IST)

OUT! Pandey draws first blood for the Indians as Mooney holes out to Gayakwad at backward point to depart for a slow 6; AUS 32/1

Mooney c Gayakwad b Pandey 6(12)

15:29 (IST)

After 5 overs,Australia Women 30/0 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 24 , Beth Mooney 5)

A third over for Deepti Sharma now, conceding a single off each delivery barring the final ball. Meanwhile, Healy alone has contributed 24 out of the 30 runs collected so far. Mooney's going at a strike-rate of 50 at the other end.

15:26 (IST)

After 4 overs,Australia Women 25/0 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 22 , Beth Mooney 2)

Pace introduced for the first time in the innings as Shikha Pandey replaces Gayakwad, conceding six from her first over, including a boundary to Healy off the penultimate delivery.

15:24 (IST)

FOUR! Another boundary for the Aussie keeper-bat, this time hammered straight down the ground! AUS 25/0

15:21 (IST)

After 3 overs,Australia Women 19/0 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 16 , Beth Mooney 2)

Appeal for lbw off the second delivery by Deepti against Mooney, with the umpire turning it down as the ball appeard to be pitching outside leg. India opt for the review anyway, and lose it — with more than 17 overs to go in the innings. Good over for the Indians though, with just two coming from it. Deepti's been an asset with her economical display so far.

15:17 (IST)

After 2 overs,Australia Women 17/0 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 15 , Beth Mooney 2)

Rajeshwari Gayakwad from the other end, with Harleen Deol coming in as a substitute with Smriti Mandhana leaving the field clutching her left shoulder. Expensive over for the left-arm spinner, getting smacked for two fours in three balls by Healy, as well as an extra run off an overthrow off the second delivery, as 12 runs are added to the Aussie total in this over.

15:15 (IST)

FOUR! Inside out loft over extra coverby Healy! What an over this is turning out to be for the hosts! AUS 15/0

15:13 (IST)

FOUR! First boundary of the innings for the Aussies, as Healy works the ball pitching along leg, guiding it behind square on the leg side. AUS 9/0

15:12 (IST)

After 1 over,Australia Women 5/0 ( Alyssa Healy (W) 4 , Beth Mooney 1)

After a solid knock with the bat, Deepti starts off with the ball in hand as the Australian chase gets underway. Starts off on a tidy note by conceding five off it, including three to Healy off the penultimate delivery, in which Mandhana gives the ball a spirited chase all the way to the boundary rope and pulls the ball back inside in time, but not without colliding against the advertising board and hurting her left shoulder.

15:09 (IST)

15:08 (IST)

Right then, back we are with the run chase with hosts Australia chasing a relatively modest-looking 133 to begin their title defence with a victory. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney at the centre, with Deepti Sharma bowling the first over.

Australia Women vs India Women  ICC Women's T20 World Cup match live updates: Shikha Pandey bowls out the final over, and we have an appeal for a caught-behind off the first delivery — which ultimately goes in favour of the hosts as the ball is shown to be landing on grass before settling in the keeper's gloves. Kaur then spreads the field out for Gardner, who then departs off the second ball — getting a thick leading edge that results in an easy catch for the bowler. It's just a formality for the Indians thereafter — a dot and a single off the next two balls, before Strano's run out at the non-striker's end completes a fine 17-run victory for Team India at the start of the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup!

Preview: The seventh edition of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup begins this Friday with hosts Australia facing powerhouses India in the opening game of the tournament in Sydney.

Despite stuttering on a couple of occasions in the recent triangular T20 series featuring India and England, Australia enter the tournament as strong favourites to lift the title yet again, having handed arch-rivals England an eight-wicket hammering in the final of the previous edition hosted in the Caribbean.

Australia are the most successful team in women's cricket of all time, having won six ODI World Cups and four T20 World Cups till date and are ahead in the Women's Ashes with six victories till date.

However, Harmanpreet Kaur's India represent a team that's vastly evolved over the previous decade into genuine world-beaters, with a string of successful results in recent times to boast of. The team came quite close to winning the tri-series earlier this month — suffering a collapse not very different from the one against England in the 2017 World Cup final.

Skipper Harmanpreet has already stated that the team will need all-round contributions, especially from youngsters such as Shafali Verma, and not just from one or two senior players if they are to end their T20 World Cup jinx — having reached the semis thrice, including in 2018, without progressing any further.

The match will kick off an event that will go on for more than two weeks, with the final slated to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 8 March (Women's Day). The organisers are hoping to break the world record for the biggest attendance in a women's sporting event by surpassing the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final between USA and China that was watched by 90,185 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena in the United States.

Tickets for the opening game are also being sold like hot cakes and the Australia-India contest at the Sydney Showground Stadium is expected to be every bit as noisy as a packed house would entail.


India Women Squad: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia(w), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol

Australia Women Squad: Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Erin Burns, Molly Strano

Updated Date: Feb 21, 2020