ENGLAND START WITH DOMINANCE, BUT INDIA MAKE A STRONG COMEBACK DURING THE LAST HOUR OF PLAY.
ENGLAND WOMEN WIN THE TOSS AND OPT TO BAT. A GOOD TOSS TO WIN PROVIDED THE BATTING FRIENDLY CONDITIONS AT BRISTOL.
Indian pacers Jhulan and Shikha start off well with the new ball, not wasting anytime they have been on money hitting the right line and length. They have screamed a few appeals and a couple of drop catches would disappoint the efforts of Indian pacers. One change and Pooja in to bowl.
English openers have been watchful, left the balls outside off and haven’t been too defensive as well. Played shots on merit, have added sixes to the tally and that speaks volumes of the intent from the English openers and also get 50 for England on board. A much awaited breakthrough for India as England loose their first on 69 and Pooja it is as she has her maiden test wicket. The skipper makes her way into the middle joins Tammy and builds the innings further, England see 100 on board. Another key partnership and a big one this time tiring India. India create opportunities and have the reward as spinner Sneh Rana strikes Tammy at 66, caught at short leg by Shafali and was a stunning grab that from Shafali.
New English vice captain Nat Sciver joins the skipper Knight, Jhulan into the attack straightaway. India making a good change looking to capitalise after a wicket but don’t get the reward as runs continue to flow for English batters in the middle and that gets 200 on board for England. India try some luck with the part timer Harmanpreet Kaur who almost had a wicket had Deepti grabbed a catch. She’s called to bowl after the drop catch and strikes immediately as Sciver departs for a well made 42. Wickets for India in cluster as keeper Jones departs cheaply, skipper Knight fell 5 short of a well deserved century, Elwiss too departs quickly. Sneh Rana has 3, she’s just caught her end tight bowled 29 overs her spin twin Deepti Sharma has bowled 18 overs and has 2 to her name.
Debutant Sophia managing to accelerate the English scorecard as the tail come in after a lower middle order collapse. New ball available but India trying to have a few more with the old ball that’s turning big. England take a bit of control and deny another wicket to a spinner. India now take the new ball, a few overs left in play and England do well to see off the new ball and end day 1 on 269-6.
A good day for both sides, England may feel a bit disappointed with the last hour of play and India walk off with smiles taking momentum. The games fairly balanced and India would wish to dominate day 2 with the bat.