England women and India women are facing each other in a one-off test. The match is taking place in the County Ground, Bristol. India women are playing a test after a long long time. The last time they took the field in the longest format of the game, was in 2014. It is quite fair to say that the first day of the test match had been shared by both the teams. If it was England women who had the upper hand in the 1st two sessions, India women pulled back the match in the final session. They enforced a flurry of wickets as England women’s middle-order collapsed. After a brisk start by England women, late wickets keeps India women in the match.
England women ended the day at 269/6 in 92 overs. The women’s games are played across 4 days, each day having a maximum of 100 overs. England women had a great day except for the last session. They almost dominated the run of play. Skipper Heather Knight led the charge, top-scoring with a 175 ball 95. She was ably supported by Tammy Beaumont (66) and Natalie Sciver (42). Knight fell just short of what would have been a magnificent century in her 100th game as the captain of England. Now, it would up to Sophia Dunkley and the tail to add as many runs as possible and possible push to score to 350+.
Late wickets keeps India Women in the match as England women reaches 269/6 at the end of Day 1 :
India fielded a young and energetic squad for the only test in England. They had as many as five debutants in their playing XI. Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar and Taniya Bhatia made their debuts along with comeback girl Sneh Rana who made her India return after five years. Quite surprisingly, India opted for three off-spin options despite having so many right-handers in the England women squad. The first wicket of the day was taken by Pooja Vastrakar. At the end of the day, Sneh Rana remained India’s best bowler, as she picked up 3 wickets.
It is going to be a tough day in the office for either team tomorrow when the takes the field. England women will be looking to push the 1st innings score as much as they can, before India women comes out to bat. And for India women, the quicker they can wipe off the tail, the better for them. They would be looking up to Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma to continue today’s form and provide the breakthrough.