The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup has kicked off brilliantly for the Indian Women with thrashing the defending champions Australia in the tournament opener yesterday at the Spotless Stadium in Sydney. Defending their total in the second innings, India packed up the hosts batting lineup with a 17 runs victory, and the main effectuator of the win is none other than Poonam Yadav who picked up 4 wickets. Along with greetings and praise from the fans, the spinner has received a special felicitating message from her own family.
Poonam Yadav’s brilliant spell with the ball saw her picking up the vital wicket of Aussie opener Alyssa Healy. Soon after, Indian leg break bowler secured three more wickets, dismissing Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry and Jess Jonassen, which effectively nullified Australia’s run chase. By 115 runs, their whole batting order was wiped out.
Yadav’s mother Munni Devi was full of pride for her daughter’s match winning performance. In an interview with ANI, she said: “India batting first scored a below-par score and the Australian team started well.”
Healy, the wicket keeper batsman who picked up the pace with a half century, was caught and bowled by Yadav, and that’s what became the turning point of the match in the second innings.
Munni Devi continued: “At first, I was nervous but the team made a comeback later in the game. I am proud of Poonam Yadav who took four wickets in the game. All the girls played well and their effort ensured India’s victory.”
The 28 year old won the player of the match award for her stunning performance. Along with four wickets, she only shelled out 19 runs from bowling four overs, with an amazing economy rate of 4.75.
Praises also came from Yadav’s brother Ashu. “It was a great match for the Indian team. Today, she bowled well and won the player of the match award. I pray to God that she performs well and guides the team to victory. The whole family is proud of her achievement,” he told reporters.
Making her limited overs debut in 2013, Yadav has earned 46 WODI and 62 WT20I caps.
Now leading Group A with two points, the Indian women will take on Bangladesh on 24th February at the at the WACA Ground in Perth.