India Women’s team holds on for a draw with England Women’s team. The match was played at the County Ground in Bristol. Indian team survived the test match and batted excellently in the second innings of the match. Let’s quickly get a recap of what happened in the match.
Heather Knight captain of England Women’s team won the toss and elected to bat first.
Playing 11 of India Women’s vs England Women’s –
Amy Jones, Tamsin Beaumont, Heather Knight, Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss.
Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Shafali Verma, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Sneh Rana, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar.
1st innings of India Women’s vs England Women’s –
Opening the batting for England was Lauren Winfield and Tamsin Beaumont. The openers got off to a good start. The pair crossed the half-century run stand. Lauren Winfield was the first wicket to fell. Captain Heather Knight and Tamsin Beaumont continued the good start. Tamsin Beaumont crossed the half-century mark. After Beaumont’s dismissal, captain Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver continued with the bat. Heather Knight crossed the half-century mark. England then lost 5 quick wickets. Debutant Sophia Dunkley and Anya Shrubsole continued with the bat and helped England reach a respectable total. England declared on 396/9. For England, captain Heather Knight was the pick of the batsman scoring 95. Hence, 3 batsmen for crossed the half-century mark, namely Heather Knight, Tamsin Beaumont and Sophia Dunkley. Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole missed out on their half-centuries. For India, debutant Sneh Rana was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 wickets.
Opening the batting for India was Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma. The openers got off to a brilliant start and crossed the 150 run mark. Both openers crossed their half centuries. Smriti departed for a well-made 78. Shafali Verma missed a century on debut by just 4 runs and was dismissed for 96. After both the openers were back in the dugout no batsman could stay in the crease and were back in the pavilion. Disciplined bowling by England bowlers made sure that India was bowled out for just 231. For India, Shafali Verma was the pick of the batsman scoring 96. Sophie Ecclestone was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 wickets.
England captain Heather Knight enforced the follow-on.
2nd Innings of India Women’s vs England Women’s –
Opening the batting for India was Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma. Smriti got out early. There was a change in the batting order as Deepti Sharma was promoted up to number 3. Shafali and Deepti kept ongoing. Both the batsman crossed the half-century mark. India then lost quick wickets. Before Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia were stuck in the middle and saved the game for India. Sneh crossed the half-century mark. India completed 344/8. For India, Sneh Rana was the best batsman remaining not out on 80. Hence, 3 batsmen for crossed the half-century mark, namely Sneh Rana, Shafali Verma, and Deepti Sharma. Sophie Ecclestone was the pick of the bowlers for England, picking up 4 wickets. The match ended in a draw.
Therefore, Shafali Verma won the Man of the Match award.