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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Verma’s scintillating start steers India to second win

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Shefali Verma’s early sixes and Poonam Yadav’s latest starring role helped India secure an 18-run ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 victory over Bangladesh in Perth.

- Shafali Verma hit a 17-ball 39, including four sixes, in the Powerplay to put India en route to a second successive win
- Nigar Sultana Joty top scored with the bat for Bangladesh (35) in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup opener at the WACA
- Opening night star Poonam Yadav impressed again with three wickets for 18 in Perth

Verma smashed a 17-ball 39, including four sixes, in the Powerplay to steer India to the highest total of the competition so far with 142 for six.

Two wickets apiece for Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh were not enough to halt momentum, nor 35 runs from top-scorer Nigar Sultana Joty as Bangladesh fell short of an upset at the WACA.

Yadav, the hero in India’s opening-night victory with four wickets against Australia, once again impressed to take her total to the tournament to seven after just two matches.

India lost Tanya Bhatia early but 16-year-old Verma once again showed her star potential by hitting two fours and four sixes in her first 15 balls to steer her country to the highest Powerplay score of the tournament so far at 54 for two.

Verma’s stint was however short-lived, Shamima Sultana juggling a catch off captain Khatun to halt the teenager’s impressive knock at 39.

Bangladesh’s third wicket was a big one as captain Harmanpreet Kaur was dismissed for eight, Rumana Ahmed with the catch at backward point for Panna’s second scalp.

Jemimah Rodrigues posted a steadying 34 off 37 before being run out by Nahida Akter as Bangladesh slowed the rate.

Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh put on 19 for the fifth wicket before the latter was caught at the boundary by Nahida for 14 as captain Salma doubled her tally.

Sharma was the next to depart, run-out after a mix-up in the middle with Veda Krishnamurthy (20), who swept four boundaries in her late cameo to take India to an impressive 142 in the absence of Smriti Mandhana.

In contrast, Bangladesh’s start was slow and Shamima was the first to perish when caught at extra cover off Shikha Pandey.

Murshida Khatun’s 30 off 26 got the wheels in motion but the opener was dismissed in the seventh by Arundathi Reddy, Richa Ghosh with the catch at extra cover.

Sanjida Islam (10) and Nigar Sultana (35) put on a 17-run third wicket stand until the former was caught behind by Bhatia off Yadav, before Reddy got her second wicket as Fargana Hoque fell for a duck.

Five boundaries from Nigar Sultana upped the total but she lost her partner Fahima Khatun for 17 in the 15th over as opening-night hero Yadav took her second scalp.

The wickets kept on falling at the WACA, Nigar Sultana was the next victim as Reddy caught her off Rajeshwari Gayakwad before Jahanara Alam was dismissed for ten.

Shikha Pandey took her second wicket by bowling Ahmed in the final over, but Yadav finished the evening with the best bowling figures of three for 18 as India made it two from two in Group A.

Scores in brief

India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs, WACA Ground, Perth

India 142-6, 20 overs (Shafali Verma 39, Jemimah Rodrigues 34; Salma Khatun 2-25, Panna Ghosh 2-25)
Bangladesh 124-8, 20 overs (Nigar Sultana Joty 35, Poonam Yadav 3-18, Shikha Pandey)

Source: ICC Media Zone.

Yadav spins India to superb opening-day triumph over world champions Australia

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By SAT Sports News Desk/ICC Media

SYDNEY, 21 February: Poonam Yadav’s leg-spinning masterclass saw India complete an unlikely turnaround to open the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in style with a pulsating victory over Australia.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, “We believed in our team, we have very good spinners who can always turn the game for us.
“We were discussing between innings, sometimes when a team gets partnerships you can get one wicket and turn the game for you.
“Poonam did a great job for us, credit goes to our bowlers – they trusted themselves and won the game for us.
“Poonam is a very good T20 bowler, she always bowls for the team and it’s not easy to play, she is a little slower in the air. When you have to hit her, you have to show patience and very good skill.
“We used her when we needed a wicket and she did a great job.”

The defending champions looked to be cruising in their chase of 133 but four wickets for six runs from Yadav saw the game flip on its head at the Sydney Showground.
Alyssa Healy had returned to form with a timely 51 but her teammates struggled around her, Ashleigh Gardner (34) the only other batter into double figures.
Shafali Verma’s opening burst had set India on their way with the bat while Deepti Sharma’s career-best 49 not out steered them to 132 for four, a total that eventually proved defendable.
Healy failed to reach double figures in her previous six innings but started positively at the Showground, a plethora of boundaries lighting up her innings.
The openers put 32 on for the first wicket but Beth Mooney fell for six at the end of the Powerplay, caught at backward point off Shikha Pandey (three for 14), while captain Meg Lanning was caught behind off Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
A full toss thumped over deep midwicket took Healy to 50 but the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 top-scorer fell next ball when offering a return catch for Yadav’s first wicket.
The spinner has the most wickets for India in women’s T20Is and showed exactly why in her next over, deceiving Rachael Haynes with a googly to be stumped by Tanya Bhatia.
Ellyse Perry was bowled without scoring – nine years since her previous first-ball dismissal – and Yadav was inches from a hat-trick when Bhatia dropped an edge from Jess Jonassen.
But she wasn’t to be denied her fourth scalp with Jonassen getting a fine edge when attempting to sweep, Bhatia atoning for her error with the catch.
Gardner struck a superb six down the ground off Gayakwad to keep Australia fighting but partner Annabel Sutherland was the seventh wicket to fall when Pandey had her stumped, brilliant work from Bhatia completing the job.
Delissa Kimmince was then run out while Gardner and Megan Schutt fell in the last over, Australia all out for 115 to lose by 17 runs.
Sharma’s unbeaten 49 earlier helped India battle their way to 132 after their star batters fell within the first seven overs.
Verma started in outstanding fashion with 29 from just 15 balls, with four boundaries in one Schutt over the highlight of a stunning opening to the tournament.

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A magnificent loft over mid-on for six saw Molly Strano – drafted into the XV at the expense of injured Tayla Vlaeminck – under pressure as India raced to 40 without loss in four overs.
Smriti Mandhana’s supporting role ended when trapped lbw by Jonassen (two for 24) and from there Australia forced their way back into the match.
Verma miscued a pull to mid-on off Perry while Harmanpreet Kaur was out in the next over, stumped off Jonassen after the ball ricocheted off ealy’s knee.
India needed to rebuild thereon with Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues (26) tasked with taking the innings deep, though Australia ensured the boundaries dried up.
Indeed there were just three in the last 16 overs of the innings though Sharma and Rodrigues kept the scoreboard ticking the singles, while the former swept herself into the 40s with boundaries off Jonassen.
Rodrigues eventually fell lbw to Kimmince while Schutt finished wicketless for the first time in 24 T20I innings, a record dating back to October 2018.
It seemed at halfway that the lack of boundaries would prove key but India had other ideas, reducing the hosts from 67 for two to 115 all out to complete a remarkable start to the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Australia batter Alyssa Healy said, “We didn’t chase as smart as we have in the past. Full credit to Poonam, she bowled quite cleverly tonight.
“We prepare really well, she bowled that first over as a regulation leg-spinner and then slowed it up, so we probably didn’t adapt to that well enough.
“We just didn’t play her very well and lost our way in the middle. You’re not going to chase down a total too many times if only two batters get out of double figures.
“We couldn’t build a partnership, and that’s probably where we fell away.
“Most of the wickets that fell were batters playing across the line, so we’ll have a look at that and adapt to conditions a bit better.”

Scores in brief

India beat Australia by 17 runs, Sydney Showground
India 132-4, 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49 not out, Shafali Verma 29; Jess Jonassen 2-24)
Australia 115 all out, 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4-19, Shikha Pandey 3-14)

Source: ICC Media Zone

India’s Shikha Pandey insists India go for the jugular to extend Healy’s slump

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India’s Shikha Pandey wants her side to bowl aggressive lengths to Australia’s ailing top-order and hunt early wickets in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener.

The 30-year-old has been India’s go-to seamer since the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup and often the only frontline pace option, with Harmanpreet Kaur regularly using spin for 13 or 14 overs.

Pandey revealed India’s strategy will be to bowl wicket-taking lengths in the powerplay as the only way of stopping the flow of runs in the early stages.

“As an opening bowler, I’m obviously thinking about the early breakthroughs and that doesn’t change,” said Pandey, India’s fifth-highest T20I wicket-taker.

“In the first six, we are trying to take wickets and then it’s about containing the batters before coming back and bowling the best you can in the death overs.

“I would say 150 is now a par score in a T20 game, so the first six overs batters actually get a lot of freedom and try to hit as many runs as possible.

“You just have to stay in the moment and change your lengths according to the wicket and the conditions.”

Pandey’s new-ball partner is invariably a slow bowler, typically leg-spinner Poonam Yadav or off-spinning all-rounder Deepti Sharma.

Whichever Indian takes the new ball in Friday’s opener at Sydney Showground, they’ll hope to extend Alyssa Healy’s run of single-digit scores in her last six T20 matches across tri-series and warm-ups.

But Australia keeps on coming, as South Africa found out on Tuesday when dismissing Healy, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry in the powerplay wasn’t enough to defend 147.

Pandey, who made her T20I debut in 2014, went wicketless in the final three matches of the tri-series against Australia and India before taking one for 18 and striking an unbeaten 24 in warm-up victory over West Indies.

The Goa native admits she’s had to adjust her stock length to Australia conditions but won’t be afraid to mix it up, including with the use of slower deliveries.

“In the tri-series, I was not getting the kind of in-swing that I ideally want,” she said.

“I actually had to change my lengths, I was trying to bowl the hard length and in-between mixing it up because if you aren’t going to be bowling to your strengths sometimes it becomes easier to hit.

“We also try to get slower balls going and to do that you have to get into a rhythm first. No-one comes and bowls a slower ball first up, so it’s when you’ve got going that you try those changeups.

“Our fast-bowling coach for the tri-series helped us a lot in terms of assessing the batters’ mindset and it’s about a combination of everything. I’d say mixing it up is the mantra right now.”

Source: ICC Media Zone

Australian squad named for CommBank T20 Tri-Series & ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

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By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE,16 January: The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) today named the following 15-player squad ahead of the CommBank T20 Tri-Series and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, with both tournaments to be hosted in Australia.

Australia CommBank T20 Tri-Series and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup squad
Meg Lanning – captain (Victoria)
Rachael Haynes – vice-captain (New South Wales)
Erin Burns (New South Wales)
Nicola Carey (Tasmania)
Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales)
Alyssa Healy (New South Wales)
Jess Jonassen (Queensland)
Delissa Kimmince (Queensland)
Sophie Molineux (Victoria)
Beth Mooney (Queensland)
Ellyse Perry (Victoria)
Megan Schutt (South Australia)
Annabel Sutherland (Victoria)
Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria)
Georgia Wareham (Victoria)

The side will contest the Tri-Series against England and India in Canberra and Melbourne; the series pitting three of the top four ranked teams in the world against each other on the eve of the T20 World Cup.

Australia will then take on India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and New Zealand in the pool rounds of the T20 World Cup.

Speaking on the selection of the squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:

“This was an incredibly difficult side to pick with selectors looking at the overall mix of the squad and the roles required, and we feel we’ve got great cover for all teams and scenarios.

“The Tri-Series will be the perfect warm-up against two of the best sides in the world and will give the team the chance to finalize its preparations ahead of the World Cup.

“For most players, this was one of the biggest selections of their career with not many people getting to play in a World Cup in front of a home crowd, but we’re really confident this squad can go out and defend its title and do Australia proud.

“We’ve had a really stable squad over the last few years and having players such as Molly Strano, Tahlia McGrath, Belinda Vakarewa and Heather Graham miss out illustrates the depth of Australian Cricket. All four of these players are really unlucky to miss out but at the same time could come into the side at any stage and play a role.

“We’re really pleased for Annabel Sutherland, who has been playing domestic cricket for a few years now, as well as being a part of Australia A and Under 19 sides. She has progressed significantly over the past few months. Anyone who has seen her play will know how special a talent she is, and we know that if called upon she’ll be able to play a variety of roles in the side. This will be another terrific experience for someone who we see as the future of Australian Cricket.

“It’s also really pleasing to welcome Sophie Molineux back into the side, having spent some time out of the game for mental health reasons and getting her shoulder right. She was part of the side that won the 2018 World Cup and is a multi-skilled player that offers us another left-arm spinning option alongside Jess Jonassen.

“Sophie made herself available for both tours and we’ll continue to manage her health as we go along. Her health is our number one priority.”

The following players have been named in a Cricket Australia XI that will play against Australia in a T20 fixture on January 27 at Sydney Showgrounds.

Cricket Australia XI
Stella Campbell (New South Wales)
Hannah Darlington (New South Wales)
Josie Dooley (Queensland)
Heather Graham (Western Australia)
Charli Knott (Queensland)
Phoebe Litchfield (New South Wales)
Tahlia McGrath – captain (South Australia)
Bridget Patterson (South Australia)
Taneale Peschel (Western Australia)
Molly Strano (Victoria)
Belinda Vakarewa (Tasmania)

Head Coach: Leah Poulton
Assistant Coach: Dean Burke

Speaking on the make-up of the CA XI, Flegler said:

“This is one of the strongest CA XI squads we’ve had with so many players dominating domestic cricket and putting their hands up for selection, including some who were unlucky to miss out on senior selection.

“The side has a mix of players who will provide cover to the senior squad, as well as others like Phoebe Litchfield who have shown great promise and we will no doubt see in Australian colours in the years ahead.

“Hannah Darlington and Stella Campbell have also been terrific this season, so this is another great opportunity for them to play with and against highly skilled players.”

The CommBank T20 Tri-Series will be broadcast on the Seven Network, Fox Cricket, Kayo, ABC Radio and Macquarie Sports Radio.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be broadcast on the Nine Network, Fox Cricket and Kayo.

Fans can secure their tickets to the CommBank T20 Tri-Series against England and India for just $15 for adults and $10 for concessions*, while kids can get in for free^. Details on how to buy tickets are available here.

*At match price. $2.95 per transaction ticket agency fee applies to purchases elsewhere.
^ Kids 15 years and under at date of match. Kids will still need a valid match ticket. Book free kids’ tickets with yours.

CommBank T20 Tri-Series

February 1 – vs England, Manuka Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
February 2 – vs India, Manuka Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
February 8 – vs India, Junction Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
February 9 – vs England, Junction Oval (2.10pm AEDT)

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Warm-Up
February 15 – vs West Indies, Allan Border Field (3pm AEDT)
February 18 – vs South Africa, Karen Rolton Oval (11am AEDT)

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
February 21 – vs India, Sydney Showground (7pm AEDT)
February 24 – vs Sri Lanka, WACA Ground (6pm AEDT)
February 27 – vs Bangladesh, Manuka Oval (7pm AEDT)
March 2 – vs New Zealand, Junction Oval (3pm AEDT)
March 5 – Semi-Final 1, SCG (3pm AEDT)
March 5 – Semi-Final 2, SCG (7pm AEDT)
March 8 – Final, MCG (6pm AEDT)

Source: Cricket Australia, 16 January, 2020.