Heather Knight fell distressingly short of becoming the first English woman to score a test century since she accomplished the feat herself in 2013, with the captain caught her leg before the wicket for 95 by her former Western Storm teammate Deepti. Sharma at 79th on the first day of Test cricket between these sides since 2014.
Knight, who hit the fold shortly before lunch, hit two sessions in a no-chance inning that was dominated by his beautiful timed cover run. Although he risked his arm with DRS, which is used for the first time in women’s test cricket, it was more of a hope than an expectation and the decision on the field had to be upheld.
Knight’s firing came amid a difficult late night session for England, which saw them plunge from 230 by two to 251 by six, courtesy of the Indian couple Sharma (who took two by 50) and Sneh Rana. It turned out to be a memorable first day of test cricket for rookie Rana, who received a surprise nod at the India XI after last playing international cricket in February 2016, but finished with 29 overs under her belt and impressive numbers. from three to 77.
Although Katherine Brunt (7 *) and newcomer Sophia Dunkley (12 *), who became the first black woman to represent England in Trials, saw a tricky four overs with the new ball before closing, the momentum will be in largely with India. entering the second day of the game.
England had been in pole position for the first two sessions, after winning the toss and looking to make hay in a field in Bristol that looks like a solid batting platform, despite concerns on the eve of the match about its use in a Men’s T20 Blast. party last week.
For the first time since 1960, they claimed half-century stands for each of their first three wickets, with a higher order that has accomplished so much in cue ball cricket, all managing significant contributions.
Lauren Winfield-Hill, who started again for England for the first time since 2017, at one point appeared to be breaking the Test match batting rule book entirely after she fiercely knocked out Shikha Pandey for six in midwicket, the first time a player from England has hit a six in a women’s event since 2006, then repeated the feat 10 balls later.
Although Winfield-Hill (35) outpointed a Pooja Vastrakar swinger Taniya Bhatia behind the stumps shortly before lunch, her opening partner, Tammy Beaumont (66), and number 4 Nat Sciver (42) both continued. the build-up, England looking good at the top until Sciver’s ejection in the evening session, the dangerous off-road stage before Sharma, caused the collapse.
For much of the day, India was left ruining a missed opportunity to make an early foray: Winfield-Hill survived a scare on the seventh end of the day, in three, when Smriti Mandhana bombed a nanny in the first slip. If Mandhana had held on, he would have given sailor Jhulan Goswami his only window for the day; As it was, the 38-year-old worked hard for 18 overs (and counting) with no reward.
Still, when the speedy and veteran bowler from India limped off the field, she may well be reflecting on a good night’s work for a team that featured five rookies at the Test, but already seems to feel like it. at home in this format.
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