EngW v IndW: Shafali Verma leads India’s quest to save test by scoring 2nd 50 in debut test
Shafali Verma is going from strength to strength in test cricket in her debut match. After scoring 96 in the first innings, the belligerent opener has taken her confidence forward to score another confident 55 not out off 68 balls, playing glorious shots all round the ground and displaying solid defensive qualities by adapting to the demands of test cricket admirably for a debutant who is considered a T20 specialist. Her wrist work in playing the glides behind point and her flicks on the on side proves her quality. As once again she is taking the fight to the opposition in an effort to save the test as India were made to follow on after an abject first-innings surrender. EngW v IndW: Shafali Verma leads India’s quest to save test by scoring 2nd 50 in debut test.
Earlier in the day, India beginning at 187/5 lost Harmanpreet, Bhatia and Rana rapidly, the first two adjudged lbw. Deepti Sharma who was playing patiently had a partner in Pooja Vastrakar. Who supported her as they added some crucial runs. Finally, Pooja(12) was caught behind and soon Goswami was bowled leaving Deepti not out on a patient 29. As India were all out for 231, thus failing to save the follow-on by 15 runs.
It was indeed a pathetic collapse after they were at one stage rollicking away at 167/0. Thus the last 10 wickets fell for a meagre 64 runs.
For England, Ecclestone (4/88) was the most successful bowler while Knight took 2/7.
Made to follow on, India lost Mandhana (8) cheaply to a slip chance. But Shafali was outstanding again with her off drives. Glides behind point and on the on side as she became the first debutant in 35 years to hit 2 fifties in both innings. Deepti Sharma after her good knock in the first innings was promoted at 3. And she justified her promotion by eking out a patient 18 runs as India reached 83/1, still, 82 runs in arrears. Before rains washed out the final session to keep India’s hopes of a draw alive on the last day. With more rains predicted.