Shafali Verma continued to amaze the cricketing world along with her audacious strokeplay as she turned solely the fourth participant within the historical past of ladies’s Checks to 2 half centuries on debut, taking India to 83 for 1 at stumps on the third day of the one-off Check towards England.
The teenage prodigy was batting on 55 not out off 68 balls within the Indian second innings when the day’s play ended after the third session was washed out by rains.
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One other debutant Deepti Sharma, who was promoted to quantity 3 after her resolute 29 not out within the first innings, was giving Verma firm on unbeaten 18 after India had been compelled to follow-on within the one-off Check.
Earlier than Verma, Lesley Cooke (England), Jessica Louise Jonassen (Australia) and Vanessa Bowen (Sri Lanka) had been the opposite gamers who’ve scored two 50-plus scores of their debut matches.
India path by 82 runs total with 9 second innings wickets in hand they usually nonetheless must do a number of work to save lots of the match on the ultimate day on Saturday.
Solely 45.5 overs had been potential on the day with three rain delays or interruptions. With the third interruption, the umpires referred to as for tea and that was the tip of the day’s play as the ultimate session couldn’t be resumed as a consequence of incessant rain.
The category and expertise of Verma was written throughout in her innings, studded with 11 fours because the England bowlers had no clue the best way to take care of the teen beneath chilly and windy situations.
The Indian opener combined warning with aggression as she despatched the free balls to the fence whereas leaving out the nice deliveries.
The Verma-Deepti duo defied the England bowlers for 20 overs and added 54 runs within the post-lunch session which began half-hour late as a consequence of rain. England toiled laborious for the entire second session with none success.
The opposite opener Smriti Mandhana was dismissed within the morning session for 8, caught within the slips off Katherine Brunt’s bowling.
Verma, who had hit 96 in her first innings, continued her spectacular type as she hit six extra boundaries within the second session.
Earlier, India Girls had been left with a mountain to climb after being shot out for 231 of their first innings, half an hour earlier than lunch.
After a dramatic collapse on the second day on Thursday, India’s batting woes continued as they misplaced 5 wickets for the addition of simply 44 runs in 21.2 overs within the morning session, fully undoing the large effort by Verma (96) and Mandhana (78).
Deepti (29 not out) and Pooja Vastrakar (12) put up a 33-run stand for the ninth wicket however couldn’t save the crew from following on in response to England’s first innings complete of 396 for 9 declared.
Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (4/88) was the decide of the England bowlers with 4 wickets whereas pacers Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole took the final two Indian wickets.
India scored their first run of the day after 20 balls and by then had misplaced two wickets, together with the essential certainly one of vice captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
Harmanpreet was out after an England went for evaluation within the second over of the day with out including something to her in a single day rating of 4. She was dominated leg earlier than off Ecclestone.
Tanya Bhatia fell two overs later with out disturbing the scorer after dealing with six balls. She too was dismissed by Ecclestone, who then accounted for Sneh Rana (2) with a turning supply to cut back India to 197 for 8.
England took the brand new ball after 80 overs and the Indian first innings ended 1.2 overs after that with the dismissal of Pooja Vastrakar (12) and Jhulan Goswami (1).