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IND-W vs ENG-W | Jemimah, Yastika, Shubha & Deepti Tonk Fifties To Propel India To 410 On Day 1

image-lq52adedYastika Bhatia pumped out 66 runs on Day 1 (BCCI)

Brief Scores: India Women (1st innings): 410-7 (94 overs) [Satheesh Shubha: 69 (76), Jemimah Rodrigues: 68 (99); Lauren Bell 2/64 (15), Nat Sciver-Brunt 1/25 (11)] by stumps on Day 1

Indian Women, boosted by four half-centuries in the middle-order, took early charge over their English counterparts by Day 1 of their one-off Test at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Collective batting assault gives India Day 1 advantage

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, hosts India were jolted early with the early dismissals of openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma at the hands of Lauren Bell and Kate Cross, respectively, inside the morning session.

Thereafter, Test debutants Satheesh Shubha (69) and Jemimah Rodrigues (68) defied a charged-up English attack with counterattacking half-centuries in their 115-run partnership. 

English spin veteran Sophie Ecclestone curtailed their threatening resistance by dismissing Shubha, while Bell castled Rodrigues in the afternoon as the hosts slumped to 190-4 by 38 overs.

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia conjured India’s subsequent fightback as the two cricketers took their side past the 300-run mark in their free-flowing 116-run partnership. Bhatia notched up her maiden half-century while Harmanpreet was dismissed at the brink of her milestone owing to a bizarre runout.

Nat Sciver-Brunt struck late in the day after Deepti Sharma became the fourth half-centurion of the innings with her unbeaten knock. Sharma will now resume India’s first innings on Day 2 alongside tailender Pooja Vastrakar at 410-7.

Remarkably, the Indian team scored their runs in just 94 overs, thus maintaining an attacking run-rate of 4.36 throughout the opening day.