EngW v IndW Test : Stunning collapse by India after great opening stand
Indian girls declined to a sensational collapse late on the 2nd day after 17-year-old T20 specialist. Shafali Verma produced a stunning test debut and came within 4 runs to complete a historic century in women’s test cricket. As she was involved in a 167 run excellent 1st wicket stand with Smriti Mandhana with India. Starting to reply strongly to England’s first innings score of 396/9 declared.
Earlier the Indian bowlers were made to toil hard as Shofia Dunkley (74 not out) and Shrubsole (47) produced a superb last-wicket stand of 70 to take England to 396/9 after which Knight declared.
Starting at 269/6 England lost Brunt early lbw to Goswami. However, from there it was a frustrating day for Indian bowlers as first Ecclestone (17) and then Shrubsole produced fine stands with Dunkley. As the Indian bowlers lacked penetration with catches also going down. While England piled on the agony to reached almost 400.
EngW v IndW Test : Stunning collapse by India after great opening stand. For India, debutants Sneh Pradhan and Deepti Sharma took 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
Replying to a daunting England 1st innings score, India opened with 17-year-old prodigy Shafali Verma along with seasoned Smriti Mandhana who was playing her 3rd test.
Shafali showed no nerves and showed extremely sound defence as she was playing close to her body. She grew into her confidence with the passage of time and started unfurling her belligerent shots. For which she became such an overnight sensation in T20 cricket. Her hoicks over midwicket and mid-on, lovely drives, delightful backfoot punches and fine wristwork trying to find the gaps proved that here is a player who is ready to rule International cricket across formats. She adapted to the requirements of test cricket beautifully and was playing a special knock while her senior partner Smriti was all grace and confidence. The lefthander played with her typical grace unleashing her delightful cover drives and played her pull shots with great regularity and care though she was drop thrice .
Together the duo added 167 for 1st wicket before Shefali broke the Indian fan’s hearts. By getting out at 96 against the run of play trying to lift Kate Cross and caught in the outfield for a heartbreaking dismissal.
Mandhana took a personal break which held up the game for several minutes after which she was soon out after resumption for 78 caught at mid-on off an airy shot. That triggered a sensational collapse as Shikha Pandey was sent out as a nigh watchman was caught. Bowled for 0 and Mithali Raj was adjudged caught off the pads at short leg by 3rd umpire off-spinner Ecclestone.
Punam Raut (2) stayed for 31 balls and was trap lbw off Knight while padding deliberately and even reviews could not save her. At close Harmanpreet (4) and Deepti Sharma (0) remained not out. They need to come out with a big partnership if India needs to get close to the England. Total on 3rd day with the pitch still playing very well.
For England Heather Knight (2/1) caused the major damage while Ecclestone, Sciver and Knight got one wicket each as India collapsed from 167/0 to 183/5 this losing 5 wickets for 16 runs and last 4 wickets in a space of 4 runs to decline to a stunning collapse.
Needless to say, England hold all the aces on the 3rd day.
ENGW 396/9 (121.2 Ovs) 1st Innings
Sophia Dunkley 74(127)
Sneh Rana 4/131
Deepti Sharma 3/65
INDW 187/5 (60 Ovs) 1st Innings
Shafali Verma 96(152)