ENG W vs IND W Test: Sneh Rana, Shafali Verma shine as one-off Test ends in draw

ENG W vs IND W Test: Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatiya's fightback help India save a one-off Test match; Shafali Verma shines in one off Test
ENG W vs IND W Test: Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatiya's fightback help India save a one-off Test match; Shafali Verma shines in one off Test

ENG-W vs IND-W Test: Sneh Rana, Shafali Verma shine as one-off Test ends in a draw- The four-day Test between India women vs England women ended in a draw after a terrific fightback from Sneh Rana and Taniya Rana with the bat. The duo shared an unbeaten 104 runs partnership for the ninth wicket as India stretched their lead past 150 runs. Shefali Verma went on to score unbeaten 80 runs off 154 balls while Taniya Bhatia scored 44 off 88.

The duo showed tremendous grit and perseverance to frustrate England women and prevent them from victory. India’s new batting sensation Shafali Verma also shined with her back-to-back half-centuries as she announced her name in Test cricket.

“So proud, it was important to put up a partnership, that’s what happened with Shikha and Taniya. Feels great to contribute to the team. My thinking was just to stick to the basics and play according to the merit of the ball. Anything loose and I just wanted to put it to the boundary. An emotional moment for me, being picked for the national team after 5 years, I’m very happy. I have never played here before, this knock will give me plenty of confidence going into the white-ball games,” Sneh Rana said post-match.

Shafali Verma, 17, named Player of the Match for scoring 96 & 63 on her Test debut.

ENG-W vs IND-W: At one stage, India women found themselves at 199/7, but the lower-order scripted a memorable fightback and Rana led the charge and with her gritty knock, the Indian side walked away with a draw. In the end, the match ended as a draw and England did not even come out to bat in the second innings.

Resuming Day Four at 83/1, overnight batters Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma put on 16 more runs to the total, but the stand was finally broken by Sophie Ecclestone as she dismissed Shafali (63) in the 30th over. Punam Raut then came to the middle and along with Deepti, she ensured that India does not lose wickets in a cluster. However, right on the cusp of lunch break, India lost the wicket of Deepti (54) with the score at 171/3 and the visitors also had a slender lead of six runs.

ENG-W vs IND-W: After the lunch break, India was given a big blow as Mithali Raj (4) was sent back to the pavilion by Ecclestone and this brought Harmanpreet Kaur to the middle. Soon after, Raut (39) was sent back to the pavilion by Nat Sciver, and India was reduced to 175/5 and the lead was just 11 runs.

Pooja Vastrakar along with Harmanpreet managed to add just 14 runs to the total as Vastrakar (12) was sent back packing by Heather Knight and India was looking in all sort of trouble. Harmanpreet (8) was then dismissed by Ecclestone and this reduced India to 199/7.

Sneh Rana and Shikha Pandey then got together at the crease and both batters frustrated the England bowlers, putting together a stand of 41 runs but this partnership was finally broken by Nat Sciver as she dismissed Pandey (18). At the tea break, India’s score read 243/8 and the visitors had a lead of 78 runs.

ENG-W vs IND-W: After the tea break, Sneh Rana hit some boundaries in quick succession and as a result, India’s lead went beyond the 100-run mark. Taniya Bhatia provided the needed support to Rana, and in the end, both batters ensured that India walked away with a draw. Bhatiya remained unbeaten on 44. Bhatiya and Rana put on a partnership of 104 runs for the ninth wicket.

ENG-W vs IND-W Test: Sneh Rana, Shafali Verma shine as one-off Test ends in a draw

India Women 2nd Innings 344/8 (121 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Smriti Mandhana c NR Sciver b KH Brunt 8 13 1 0 61.54
Shafali Verma c KH Brunt b S Ecclestone 63 83 11 1 75.90
Deepti Sharma b S Ecclestone 54 168 8 0 32.14
Punam Raut c S Ecclestone b NR Sciver 39 104 5 0 37.50
Mithali Raj (C) b S Ecclestone 4 12 1 0 33.33
Harmanpreet Kaur c AE Jones b S Ecclestone 8 34 1 0 23.53
Pooja Vastrakar b HC Knight 12 21 3 0 57.14
Sneh Rana Not out 80 154 13 0 51.95
Shikha Pandey c AE Jones b NR Sciver 18 50 3 0 36.00
Taniya Bhatia (WK) Not out 44 88 6 0 50.00
Extra 14 (b 6, w 1, nb 1, lb 6)
Total 344/8 (121)
Yet To Bat J Goswami
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Katherine Brunt 21 5 49 1 2.33
Anya Shrubsole 13 2 52 0 4.00
Sophie Ecclestone 38 10 118 4 3.11
Kate Cross 15 6 43 0 2.87
Heather Knight 15 2 41 1 2.73
Natalie Sciver 16 9 21 2 1.31
Georgia Elwiss 3 1 8 0 2.67
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
S Mandhana 1-29 4.3
Shafali Verma 2-99 29.6
DB Sharma 3-171 57.5
M Raj 4-175 61.5
PG Raut 5-175 64.3
P Vastrakar 6-189 70.4
H Kaur 7-199 73.3
S Pandey 8-240 90.2
India Women 1st Innings 231/10 (81.2 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Smriti Mandhana c KH Brunt b NR Sciver 78 155 14 0 50.32
Shafali Verma c A Shrubsole b KL Cross 96 152 13 2 63.16
Punam Raut lbw b HC Knight 2 31 0 0 6.45
Shikha Pandey c & b HC Knight 0 6 0 0 0.00
Mithali Raj (C) c TT Beaumont b S Ecclestone 2 2 0 0 100.00
Harmanpreet Kaur lbw b S Ecclestone 4 11 1 0 36.36
Deepti Sharma Not out 29 73 4 0 39.73
Taniya Bhatia (WK) lbw b S Ecclestone 0 6 0 0 0.00
Sneh Rana c AE Jones b S Ecclestone 2 16 0 0 12.50
Pooja Vastrakar b KH Brunt 12 33 3 0 36.36
Jhulan Goswami b KH Brunt 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extra 6 (b 4, w 0, nb 1, lb 1)
Total 231/10 (81.2)
Yet To Bat
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Katherine Brunt 11.1 2 42 2 3.76
Anya Shrubsole 10.1 2 18 0 1.77
Natalie Sciver 10 3 22 1 2.20
Kate Cross 12 4 40 1 3.33
Sophie Ecclestone 26 5 88 4 3.38
Heather Knight 11 8 7 2 0.64
Sophia Dunkley 1 0 9 0 9.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Shafali Verma 1-167 48.5
S Mandhana 2-179 54.3
S Pandey 3-179 55.6
M Raj 4-183 57.2
PG Raut 5-183 58.2
H Kaur 6-187 61.1
T Bhatia 7-187 63.1
S Rana 8-197 69.3
P Vastrakar 9-230 80.1
J Goswami 10-231 81.2

 

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