Wrist spinner Poonam Yadav returned with a four-wicket train when India outperformed Australia by 17 runs in the opening game to kick off the women's T20 World Cup on Friday.
In the bat, India scored a below-average score of 132 for four in its 20 overs, playing Shafali Verma's 15-ball 29 and an undefeated 46-ball 49 from Deepti Sharma. The visitors then returned to roll out the hosts for 115 in 19.5 overs.
Australia had a good start in the chase when opener Alyssa Healy (51) scored a 35-ball 51 with six boundaries and a six to initially anchor the chase. Indian spinners, led by Poonam, triggered a breakdown when Australia suddenly slipped to 82 for six.
Poonam (4/19) snapped four gates, two in consecutive deliveries of the 12th, to break the backbone of Australia's chase.
Ashleigh Gardner (34 of 36) tried but received no support from the other end. India had previously missed a flying start with 132: 4 against defending champion Australia at the Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday.
Opener Shafali was dispatched to the bat and shot 29 of 15 balls with five fours and one six, but Jess Jonassen (2/24) took two gates to reduce India to 47 for three. Deepti (49 not out) and Jemimah Rodrigues (26) then added 53 runs to raise the hundred. India will face Bangladesh on February 24 in Perth.
India: 132 for 4 in 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49, Shafali 29; Jess Jonaseen 2/24).
Australia: 115 in 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4/19).