England vs India: Shafali Verma hits 96 on Take a look at debut however guests undergo late collapse to complete Day 2 at 187/5
Bristol: Shafali Verma’s audacity and Smriti Mandhana’s aptitude blended effectively in a record-breaking partnership however their phenomenal effort was ruined by a dramatic batting collapse on the second day of India Girls’s one-off Take a look at in opposition to England Girls on Thursday.
England ended up posting the highest-ever whole in opposition to India after they declared their first innings at 396 for 9 however the visiting group’s openers gave the hosts a befitting reply with a 167-run stand.
Verma punished the English bowlers together with her vary of strokes in a panoramic 94-run innings whereas left-handed Mandhana was all grace in her 78-run knock.
Nevertheless, from a robust 167 for none, India misplaced 5 wickets for the addition of simply 16 runs earlier than ending the day at 187 for 5.
India are nonetheless trailing England by 209 runs, with Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma (0) on the crease.
As soon as the Indian openers had been dismissed, the opposite batters gave the impression to be at sea in opposition to England spinners.
Dwelling skipper Heather Knight, who scored 95 in England innings, triggered the collapse by dismissing Punam Raut (2) and Shikha Pandey (0).
Skipper Mithali Raj was trapped by left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone because the hosts turned the tide of their favour within the final session.
Earlier than the collapse, Verma and Mandhana solid a 167-run stand, India’s highest for the primary wicket, surpassing earlier better of a 153-run partnership between Gargi Banerji and Sandhya Agarwal in opposition to Australia in Mumbai in 1984.
The 17-year-old Verma was making her debut however she batted like a fearless veteran. She missed out on 100 however her knock was the very best particular person rating by an Indian on Take a look at debut.
She surpassed Chanderkanta Kaul’s 75 in opposition to New Zealand approach again in 1995.
Verma’s 94 got here off 152 balls with 13 fours and two sixes whereas left-handed Mandhana’s knock was laced with 14 beautiful boundaries.
Verma was her typical aggressive self as she lower and pulled in her personal inimitable model. She not solely introduced the straight bat for defence with grace, however she additionally hit a six off Nat Sciver with exceptional ease.
Mandhana was cautious but fluent. She received her first boundary when she punched one off Sciver within the cowl area. When she received the chance, Mandhana didn’t hesitate to drag. Her elegant drives had been a delight to look at.
Cross missed an opportunity to dismiss Mandhana (when on 23) when she dropped the left-hander in her comply with via.
Earlier, the England Girls had been propelled by debutant Sophia Dunkley who hit a resolute unbeaten 74 and raised two essential partnerships with lower-order batters after England resumed their innings on the in a single day rating of 269 for six.
Dunkley first added 56 runs for the eighth wicket with Sophie Ecclestone (17) after which solid a 70-run stand with Anya Shrubsole (47).
England declared their innings when Shrubsole was bowled by Sneh Rana, who ended up as India’s greatest bowler with a four-wicket haul.
Within the morning session, England misplaced in a single day batter Katherine Brunt, who was trapped by veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami within the twelfth ball of the day.
With that wicket, at 38 years and 204 days, Goswami turned the oldest India participant to get a Take a look at wicket since Sachin Tendulkar in his penultimate Take a look at. She additionally turned the oldest India pacer to get a Take a look at wicket since Lala Amarnath in 1952.
It remained a short-lived pleasure for the Indians as Dunkley and Ecclestone dug their heels in to check the persistence of the guests.
Dunkley stood out together with her footwork and strokes on the off-side whereas Ecclestone was snug on each frontfoot and backfoot.
Dunkley accomplished after maiden Take a look at fifty quickly after getting an umpire’s resolution overturned. She was adjudged leg earlier than off the bowling of Rana when she was on 46.
She received to her fifty with a pair off Rana.
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