#3 Shikha Pandey’s 3-14
Poonam Yadav was well supported by pacer Shikha Pandey, who took three wickets 14 runs in her quota of four overs. At one point, it looked like Ashleigh Gardner would take away the game from the visitors, but Pandey removed her on 34 runs, which was also the turning point of the game.
After Gardner’s wicket, the remaining six Aussies together managed to score only 10 runs before being bowled out for 115 runs in 19.5 overs. The 30-year-old is among the experienced players in the squad and will be crucial to India’s journey in the coveted tournament.
“It’s a format the batsmen dominates. My focus is on bowling good balls, dot balls. If a good ball gets hit, let it be. You are bound to get hit. This is something I have worked on,” Pandey had said in an interview before the match.
Shikha has played 46 T20Is for India, from which she has 32 wickets.Published 21 Feb 2020, 19:20 IST