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. India women were staring at the follow-on at the end of day 1, after they suffered a big batting collapse. The Day 3 started with India women trying to avoid the follow-on, which they eventually failed to do so. At the end of the day, England women are sitting pretty comfortably. England women inches close to win the test at the end of Day 3.
India women started the day at 187/5. They could add only 44 runs to their overnight score as they were bundled out for 231. It means that they were 16 runs short of the follow-on mark and quite expectedly, England women enforced the follow on. The star of India women’s first innings, Smriti Mandhana departed early scoring just 8 runs. However, the other opener Shafali Verma remained not out on 55. Shafali Verma had a dream start to her test career, as she scored half-centuries in either innings on her debut. She was ably supported by Deepti Sharma, who was promoted in the batting order after a fighting knock in the 1st innings.
England Women inches close to win the test at the end of Day 3 after enforcing follow-on against India women :
In the first season of the day, England women didn’t took long to wipe off the India women tail in the 1st innings. Sophie Ecclestone was the most successful bowler as she returned with career-best figures of 26-5-88-4. England women used a total of 7 bowlers, and except Sophia Dunkley, everyone returned with at least one wicket. Heather Knight continued her exceptional test match as she picked up 2 wickets for just 7 runs after scoring 95 with the bat. In the 2nd innings, the only wicket was taken by Katherine Brunt, when she took the wicket of Smriti Mandhana.
The Day 3 was a short-lived day as rain interrupted again and again. We had only about half-a-day’s play in terms of overs bowled. Though the India women batters enjoyed it, England women were left frustrated. When they takes on the field tomorrow for the last day of the match, England women would be hoping that the rain wouldn’t interfere in their proceedings again. If they can get the debutant Shafali Verma early, they would be on their way to win the match here against India women.
Brief Score :
England Women 1st Innings : 396/9 dec. (121.2 overs) Heather Knight: 95 runs off 175 balls Sneh Rana: 39.2-4-131-4 India Women 1st Innings : 231/10 (81.2 overs) Shafali Verma: 96 runs off 152 balls Sophie Ecclestone: 26-5-88-4 India Women 2nd Innings : 83/1 (f/o) (24.3 overs) Shafali Verma: 55* runs off 68 balls Katherine Brunt: 8-3-21-1