Indian Women’s team defeated hosts Australia in the first match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, to send shockwaves across the world. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur reflected on her team’s victory and said that it feels ‘great’ to win their opening World Cup game in Sydney.
After enduring a drubbing at the hands of Australia in the lead-up to the World Cup, the Indian ladies gave Aussies a taste of their own medicine on Friday.
Nonetheless, Harmapreet’s team showed character and defeated the home team in their first game.
Harmanpreet Kaur lauds India’s performance against title contenders Australia:
More than 13,432 fans flocked to the Sydney Showground to witness an epic clash between the hosts and the underdogs and they got their money’s worth as ‘David indeed tamed the Goliath’.
Australia won the toss and asked India to bat first, after which Harmanpreet’s team folded for just 132 runs in their inning.
However, the Indian ladies showed nerves of steel as they ripped apart Australia’s middle order and bowled out the home team for just 115 runs.
Having emphatically won the game, skipper Harmapreet was full of praise for her side.
The 30-year-old batswoman said, “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.”
For India, Poonam Yadav was the pick of the lot as she finished with figures of four for 19 and was on the receiving end of some well-deserved praise from her skipper post-match.
“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,” added Harmanpreet.
Next up for the Indian ladies, lies a challenge against neighbours Bangladesh on Monday, 24th February, at East Perth.