Shefali missed a century in debut… Excellent partnership with Mandhana, but the team scattered

The Indian women’s team got off to a stellar start against England on the second day of the Bristol one-off Test with openers Shefali Verma (96) and Smriti Mandhana (78) scoring half-centuries, but scored 187 runs in the first innings at the end of the third session, losing five wickets.

The Indian women’s team got off to a great start against England on the second day of the one-off cricket Test at Bristol with openers Shefali Verma (96) and Smriti Mandhana (78) hitting half-centuries, but 187 runs in the first innings at the end of the third session for the loss of five wickets. make.

Shefali and Mandhana gave India a great start in 48.5 overs with a brilliant partnership of 167 runs for the first wicket, but after Shefali’s dismissal, the wickets started falling and the team lost 5 wickets in just 16 runs.

After the dismissals of Shefali and Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, captain Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut returned to the pavilion cheaply. The team lost the first wicket in the form of Shefali for 167 runs, after which 5 wickets fell for 183 runs.

By the end of the day’s play, Harmanpreet Kaur was playing on 4 runs, while Deepti Sharma did not even open the account at the other end.

Shefali was as aggressive as ever, making cuts and pull shots in her own style. This 17-year-old player not only did well in defense, but also easily scored a six on Nat Skiver. This was only the second six of the Indian women’s team in Test cricket.

Mandhana was playing cautiously, but still she was fast. He made his first boundary on the skiver towards the cover area. Whenever he got a chance, he didn’t hesitate to play the pull shot, it was good to watch his drives.

On a brilliant shot on Kate Cross, he completed the half-century of the team’s score. When Mandhana was on 23, Cross missed the opportunity to get her out.

Even after this, both of them continued their innings by putting good shots, but Shefali missed the century by just 4 runs. He hit 13 fours and 2 sixes during his innings of 96 before being dismissed by Kate Cross. Mandhana then became a victim of the skiver, she scored 14 fours in her innings.

England earlier declared their first innings at 396 for 9, the highest score by any team in Test cricket against India. Due to this, the Indian team is trailing by 209 runs in the first innings.

Indian bowlers had to struggle for the second day in a row. England started playing ahead of 269 for 6, after which debutant Sofia Dunkley (74 not out) played two important partnerships with the tail batsmen in addition to an unbeaten half-century.

Dunkley added 56 runs for the eighth wicket with Sophie Ecclestone (17) and then added 70 runs with Anya Shrubsole. Anya also harassed the Indian bowlers, scoring her career-best 47.

England declared the innings as soon as Anya was dismissed, who was bowled by Sneh Rana, making it the best performance by this Indian bowler by taking 4 wickets.

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