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Yadav's 4 wickets lead India to 17-run win over Australia

Leg-spin bowler Poonam Yadav took four wickets for 19 runs against defending champion Australia on the way to a 17-run win in the opening match of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup on Friday.

After coming into the attack, Yadav took out Australia batter Ellyse Perry and was named player of the match. In front of a record Australian crowd of 13,432 for a stand-alone women's match, the hosts lost 4-15.

Set 133 for victory, Australia was cruising at 2-67 after a 34-ball half-century from Alyssa Healy, but Yadav helped bowl Australia out for 115. Deepti Sharma's 49 led India to its total of 132-4.

India's Poonam Yadav, left, and India's Tanya Bhatia celebrate taking the wicket of Australia's Jess Jonassen during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

After 16-year-old Shafali Verma (29 off 15) got India off to a strong start at 40-0 after four overs, Jess Jonassen took 2-24 to close the visitors down in the middle overs.

Perry also took 1-15 — including the key wicket of Verma — from three overs, while Delissa Kimmince had 1-24 from four.

Yadav removed Rachael Haynes and Perry in successive balls the next over with wrong'uns. The first completely deceived Haynes to have her stumped for 6, before Perry went first ball when she was bowled between bat and pad.

India's Rajeshwari Gayakwad celebrates catching out Australia's Beth Mooney during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

Yadav could have had a hat trick when Jonassen edged her behind next ball, but wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia could not glove the chance.

Bhatia later made amends, stumping Annabel Sutherland off quick bowler Shikha Pandey to continue India's resurgence.

Australia captain Meg Lanning said a lack of partnerships was the main issue, but "India bowled extremely well and deserve their win.”

Australia's Delissa Kimmince, center, celebrates with teammates after trapping India's Jemimah Rodrigues LBW during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

Four-time champion Australia is hosting the women's T20 World Cup for the first time in its seventh edition.

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India's Smriti Mandhana leaves the field clutching her left shoulder after crashing into the signage while fielding against Australia in the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

India's Smriti Mandhana saves a run but ends up crashing into the signage and hurting her left shoulder during the first game against Australia in the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

India's Smriti Mandhana crashes into the signage and hurts her left shoulder while fielding against Australia in the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

India's Jemimah Rodrigues, right, slides to make her ground as Australia's Delissa Kimmince attempts a runout during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

India's Poonam Yadav, left, celebrates with teammate Harmanpreet Kaur after taking the wicket of Australia's Jess Jonassen during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)

The Indian team celebrate the wicket of Australia's Ashleigh Gardner in the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRick Rycroft)