Flashback: India women’s famous test win with 8 debutants vs Eng in 2014
As Indian women get ready to face England from 16 June at Bristol for their one-off test, we go into Flashback mode to revive India’s last test played in 2014 vs England at Wormsley from August 13. Flashback: India women’s famous test win with 8 debutants vs Eng in 2014.
8 Indian players were making their debut in that game as only Mithali, Jhulan and Karu Jain had played for India before. By contrast, England was an experienced team with only 2 debutants.
It was a low scoring game. The toss was won by Mithali Raj and she fielded in bowling conditions.
Mithali’s decision was soon vindicated as England found themselves in total disarray in their home conditions. The Indian seam attack of Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Niranjana Nagarajan rattled the England batting getting movement off the pitch. England was skittle out for 92 with only Sarah Taylor (30) showing the staying power. For India Niranjana was the most successful bowler with 4/19 and superbly supported by other bowlers.
India started well with a productive opening stand of 40 between debutants Smriti Mandhana (22) and Thirush Kamini (17). However soon there was a stunning middle-order collapse as 5 wickets fell for just 10 runs. From 40/0, India slumped to 50/5 and later 64/6. The strong middle order of Punam Raut, Mithali and Harmanpreet fell rapidly. Later a productive stand of 31 between Jhulan (17) and Niranjana (27) nudged India towards a final score of 114. For England, medium pacer Jenny Gunn (5/19) bowled outstandingly to get them back into the game.
England women did much better in the 2nd innings. While Winifred- Hill (35) and Sara Taylor (40) came up with crucial contributions, it was allrounder Jenny Gunn again. Who played a superb knock of 62 to steer England to 202 and this setting a target of 183 for India. For India, Jhulan Goswami (4/48) was the most outstanding bowler in the 2nd innings and well supported by Bisht, Pandey and Shubhlakshmi all of whom took 2 wickets each.
Chasing 183, the Indian openers started extremely well with Smriti Mandhana (51) playing delightful shots and Kamini (28) taking up a supporting role to take India to 76/0 before both fell in quick succession. However, Punam Raut (16) and Mithali Raj played cautiously and tried to make sure there was no collapse. Both Raut and Harmanpreet (0) got out in quick succession and at 4/115 the game became a bit tense for India with England back in the reckoning.
However, Mithali Raj showed her true colours and proved her high rating as a top-class batsman. She played a superb captain’s knock of 50 not out and along with a stubborn Shikha Pandey (28no). Took India over the line to win the test by 6 wickets.
It was a brilliant victory by India after chasing down a decent target in a low scoring match. Jenny Gunn of England was award the woman of the match for her all-round show.
Thus one hopes that the current Indian team will take a lot of heart from their awesome 2014 win with 8 debutants. As they prepare to take on England at Bristol. Unlike last time there are a few Indian players who have played in the 2014 test. So the team this time has a little more experience.