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Indian Women Cricket: Shafali Verma missed her maiden test ton

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On the 17th of June test match between the Indian women’s cricket team and England women’s cricket team kicked off at the county ground, Bristol. The Indian women’s cricket team traveled with the men’s team on the 2nd of June, after completing a mandatory quarantine at Southampton they started with their practice sessions.

After winning the toss, the English women declared the innings at 396/9 on Day 2, a fine batting performance from the hosts. On the first day, from lagging behind for most parts of the day, India made a stunning comeback, orchestrated by two debutants in Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana, who shared five wickets between them.

India came on to bat, young Shafali Verma and stylish Smriti Mandhana opened the innings and built up an opening partnership of 167 runs. Shafali was a boundary away from becoming the youngest batter to score a test hundred.

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Shafali was just a boundary away from becoming the youngest batter to score a Test hundred and then the adrenaline rush cost her, sliced one in the air, and found deep mid-off. Smriti was classy at the other end, but another piece of ill-judged cricket cost her wicket, 167 for no loss soon became 183 for 5. After missing out on her ton closely Shafali took twitter shared her views upon it-

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Shikha Pandey, Mithali Raj, and Punam Raut – all fell cheaply. If not for an inside edge, Harmanpreet would have found her way to the pavilion as well. But she survived, so the follow-on target of 247 now looks a long way for the Indian women.

A record-opening partnership, a mini-collapse which saw them lose 5 for 16, a deficit of 209 runs, and needing another 60 runs to avoid the follow-on. It was one such madcap post-tea session for India in Bristol. From a position of strength, they’re now looking a bit desperate – it isn’t all doom for the visitors, they still have two capable batters in the middle and there’s still some batting to come.

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Yet, they have seemed to have frittered away the advantage and are playing second fiddle at the moment. Momentum is a keyword in cricket and right now it’s with England. At the end of day 2, England still has a handy lead of 209 runs, India has 5 first-innings wickets still in hand.

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V Nichita
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