AusW vs IndW, Sydney

India Women won by 17 runs

AusW - 115 (19.5 Ovs)
IndW - 132/4 (20 Ovs)

Massive result for India and it clears their path ahead considerably. Having beaten the defending champs, it puts them in pole position to progress from this group while showing that Australia are beatable. But, in saying that, watch out for a response from the hosts. That's all we have for now. We'll be back before Poonam Yadav's next leg-break arrives. Goodbye!

Harmanpreet, India captain: Great feeling to win the first game. Knew this track is something where we can do well. Knew if we're able to score 140, our bowlers will be able to defend it, and that's what happened. This track wasn't easy to bat on. Were just looking to score 140. The partnership between Jemi and Deepti got us there. Poonam was going through some injuries but has made a great comeback. That's what we were expecting. Our team is looking nice. Earlier we were depending on 2-3 players but now we're doing well as a team. If we do well in the tournament we will definitely win the World Cup.

Lanning, Australia captain: They started well and put us under the pump, but our bowlers did a pretty good job to pull things back. At the halfway stage we thought we were in a pretty good position. Just didn't execute with the bat unfortunately. Just the lack of partnerships through the middle. Alyssa went well for a fifty but couldn't get going after that. We came into this match as ready as we could've been. India sort of outplayed us. Will assess this game and see what we can learn. It's not ideal. Would've loved to have won. But we have to get back on the bandwagon pretty quickly.

Poonam Yadav, Player of the Match: My physio and my teammates supported me a lot when I was injured. I bowled well against Australia here in the past so I wanted to continue that. This is the third time that I didn't get a hat-trick. I am thankful to my teammates as it is not easy to come back after an injury.  

22:09 Local Time, 11:09 GMT, 16:39 IST: Quite a turnaround this as India clinch the T20 WC opener. They were up against it when Alyssa Healy overcame her poor run for a brilliant fifty, but the defending champions went for a toss when Poonam Yadav started tossing them up. Mirroring the leg-spinner's pace, Australia's innings came down to a trickle as Poonam went about getting them to their knees with a stunning spell of 4/19. On a slow pitch where India scored only three boundaries in their final 16 overs, their spinners - led by Poonam - thrived to take the power out of Australia's whole army of all-rounders in the middle-order who just couldn't keep up the pace when it was taken off the ball. Let's hear from the presentations.

19.5 Shikha Pandey to Schutt, out Molly Strano Run Out!! 1 run completed. Pushes this in front of deep extra cover, they look for two but Schutt - just like Australia - will fall short of the mark. Rodrigues rushes in and returns a throw that's accurate enough to do the job. Molly Strano run out (Rodrigues/Shikha Pandey) 1(1)

Shikha Pandey to Schutt, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

19.4 Shikha Pandey to Strano, 1 run, drags the slog-sweep to square leg who makes a half-stop after diving across

19.3 Shikha Pandey to Strano, no run, yorker around off, jammed back to Pandey

Megan Schutt, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.2 Shikha Pandey to Gardner, out Caught&Bowled!! Spoons a full toss straight up. Pandey's got it covered. India've got this match covered too. The umpires check about the height, but it's just beneath the waist. Gardner c and b Shikha Pandey 34(36) [4s-3 6s-1]

Shikha Pandey to Gardner, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

19.1 Shikha Pandey to Strano, 1 run, an under-edge that may well have carried to the keeper. Umpires are less positive about it, giving a soft-signal of not out. Yeah, it went on the bounce to Bhatia. Meanwhile, Australia have snuck in the single to get Gardner on strike. What can she do?

Shikha Pandey [3.0-0-11-2] is back into the attack

An under-edge that may well have carried to the keeper. Umpires are less positive about it, giving a soft-signal of not out. Yeah, it went on the bounce to Bhatia.

18.6 Deepti Sharma to Gardner, no run, Deepti finishes with a dot and probably finishes Australia off, with them needing 21 off the final over. Gardner won't be on strike for it either after missing an encore of the pull shot that fetched her a boundary previously. This was way too full to be doing that

18.5 Deepti Sharma to Gardner, FOUR, just about keeps Australia hopeful as she pulls this over square leg

Molly Strano, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.4 Deepti Sharma to Gardner, out Delissa Kimmince Run Out!! 1 run completed. Pulled to the left of Rodrigues at deep midwicket. They have to go for two to keep Gardner on strike but in looking for it, Kimmince's had to sacrifice herself at the non-striker's end with Rodrigues' throw being on point. Delissa Kimmince run out (Rodrigues/Deepti Sharma) 4(5)

Deepti Sharma to Gardner, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!