Women's T20 World Cup News
Harmanpreet's last 50-plus score came in the shortest format during the World T20 World Cup in November 2018.
Put in to bat, India struggled to a below par 132 before Poonam (4/19 in 4 overs) foxed the Aussies with her googlies, turning the match decisively into her team's favour.
Sixteen-year-old Shafali Verma took India to 41 for no loss in four overs with a typical 29 off 15 balls but her fall derailed the innings as the other batters disappointed.
Australia skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to field against India in the opening match of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup here on Friday.
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She said, 'I do think Australia have the advantage because of their T20 record and have a slightly better chance of winning the first game against India.'
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The Indian team's reliance on the big-hitting Smriti Mandhana and Kaur to do the job with the bat has been criticised, most recently during the tri-series against Australia and England.
For Australia, the World Cup is an extension of the popular Big Bash as the venues are the same for both events.
India's top male cricketers, led by Virat Kohli, earn more than 10 times as much as the leading women on the annual contract list of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the world's richest.
Harmanpreet said they are eagerly waiting to face four-time champions and title holders Australia in the tournament opener.
Lanning's side open the 10-team tournament on Friday in Sydney against an Indian side boosting teen batting sensation Shafali Verma.