16 Jun 2021: One-off Test, ENGW vs INDW: Visitors hit back with wickets
England Women looked solid in their approach with the bat on Day 1 of the one-off Test against India Women in Bristol.However, they lost impetus from a position of comfort.Electing to bat first, England Women rode on quality knocks from Tammy Beaumont (66) and Heather Knight (95).England Women shared three quality partnerships before India hit back (269/6).Here's more.
Openers: A solid 69-run stand for the first wicket
England Women saw openers Lauren Hill (35) and Beaumont add 69 runs for the first wicket.Hill got a 63-ball 35, smashing four fours and two sixes.Her aggressive approach allowed Beaumont to play the second fiddle.Notably, in the seventh over, Hill got a lifeline after Smriti Mandhana dropped her catch at slips.Hill made amends before being dismissed in the 21st over.
Partnerships: Knight part of two pivotal partnerships for England
After Hill's dismissal, England Women saw Beaumont and Knight share a pivotal 71-run stand.Both batters played some gorgeous strokes for fours to thwart the Indian bowlers.They batted sensibly and to help England march on.Sneh Rana broke the stand with a nice flighted ball.England added another 90-run stand for the third wicket, with Knight taking control.
Knight: England skipper Knight falls for 95
Playing her eighth Test, Knight looked elegant in her approach.She took charge and looked well set to hit a second Test century.However, Deepti Sharma accounted for her wicket.The 30-year-old experienced batter lost her wicket in a crucial phase of the match.Knight marked her 100th match as England captain with a worthy knock.She hit nine fours in a 175-ball knock.
Wickets: India hit back with crucial wickets
England were threatening to walk away in this Test after being on 230/2 during the third session.However, India hit back with crucial wickets.Deepti accounted for the wicket of Sciver, who missed a sweep with the ball hitting the pads.Rana then got the wicket of Amy Jones, who was out LBW.Interestingly, both decisions were referred upstairs.Knight's wicket elevated the Indians.
Fact: History for Indian youngster Shafali Verma
As per Opta, with her debut against England, India's Shafali Verma (17y 139d) has become the third-youngest Indian player to feature in a women's Test match. Only Rajani Venugopal (15y 283d) and Shubhangi Kulkarni (17y 104d) made their debut at a younger age than Shafali.
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