Wednesday, August 4

Sophie Ecclestone’s touch of class gives England the edge against India | England Women’s Cricket Team


On the third day in Bristol, Sophie Ecclestone demonstrated why she is considered the world’s # 1 bowler, taking three out of 27 in a 10-in-plus spell that featured four maidens and helped India throw 231, 165 runs. behind in the first entry. allowing Heather Knight to enforce the follow-up.

“I haven’t played a test match in a while so it was just about coming back,” Ecclestone said at the end. “It is a strange situation that I am not used to. It helped this morning to get that first wicket with my first ball, it made me a little more relaxed.

“After a crazy hour last night, it was just about getting back into battle and making sure we stayed one in India. It was about being patient and throwing my best ball over and over again. “

Although 17-year-old Shafali Verma (55 was not) struggled to make her way into a second half century in the match, becoming the first Indian woman to score two fifty in the Test debut, India finished the day with 83 per one, still 82 pending payment. A frustrating afternoon interspersed with rain breaks and a totally rain-washed afternoon session prevented England from making further progress.

“We were really positive coming back on the field,” Ecclestone said. “We needed to stay calm and be patient when we were out, we knew they were going to play the long game when they hit again. We have to keep fighting tomorrow. “

The morning session could not have gone better for England if Heather Knight had written the script beforehand. Resuming at 187 for five, India lost two wickets in the blink of an eye without increasing its score overnight. Ecclestone picked up where he had left off Thursday night, directing the ball towards Harmanpreet Kaur to catch his leg earlier, after England appealed the DRS no-out decision on the cross field.

Shafali Verma made 96 in the first inning for India and then 55 did not go out in the second as they continued.
Shafali Verma made 96 in the first inning for India and then 55 did not go out in the second as they continued. Photograph: Zac Goodwin / PA

Twelve dances later, Taniya Bhatia became Ecclestone’s second victim of the day, fired almost identically. Not long after, rookie Sneh Rana felt the difficult end of test cricket, beating one that turned to Amy Jones behind the stumps.

You wait forever for new balls, and then two appear at once: In cloudy and ideal swing conditions, Knight took the first as soon as it was available, 21 overs in the morning session. His two seasoned workhorses, Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, needed to use it only eight times to finish the job: Shrubsole cleaned Jhulan Goswami with his trademark inswinger, after a jaffa from Brunt that swayed in the air and flew away from the saw. in front of Pooja Vastrakar.

In all, five Indian wickets fell for 44 runs during the session, while Tourists plunged from 167 without loss at 5.15pm. M. From the second day to 231 at 12:30 p.m. M. On the third day, his worst collapse since his first test series against West. Indias in 1976. Only Deepti Sharma did not succumb, he was stranded in 29.

And so on to the second new ball. The continuation may have gone out of style in men’s cricket in recent years, but there seemed to be no doubt in Knight’s mind about the correct course of action: Brunt ran back to the balcony of England to pick a new Kookaburra. Initially it seemed that he had chosen well: at lunchtime, Smriti Mandhana led to the hands of the second slip.

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India defended well: By the time the players drifted off for an early tea courtesy of the rain, Sharma (18 not out), moved up the order after his impeccable defense in the early innings, had raised an association of 50 with Verma.

He may have stayed in one for 45 balls, in stark contrast to his normally effortless approach to racking up runs, but with a better weather forecast on Saturday, India’s ability to avoid defeat may well depend largely on his ability to continue to occupy the fold.


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