Shafali Verma, 17, Scores Gritty 96 On Her Test Debut Against England In Bristol

Shafali Verma continues to build her reputation as the next big thing in Indian cricket with scintillating innings on the Test debut. The 17-year-old smashed 96 runs in the ongoing Ine-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start. Shafali Verma belted 13 fours and two sixes during her 152-ball stay and her attempt to reach three figures with a big hit proved her downfall. She skied one from Kate Cross to hand an easy catch to Anya Shrubsole but not before having added 167 runs with her opening partner Smriti Mandhana. Shefali Verma’s Dismissal Resulted In

Shafali Verma, 17, Scores Gritty 96 On Her Test Debut Against England In Bristol

Shafali Verma continues to build her reputation as the next big thing in Indian cricket with scintillating innings on the Test debut. The 17-year-old smashed 96 runs in the ongoing Ine-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start.

Shafali Verma belted 13 fours and two sixes during her 152-ball stay and her attempt to reach three figures with a big hit proved her downfall. She skied one from Kate Cross to hand an easy catch to Anya Shrubsole but not before having added 167 runs with her opening partner Smriti Mandhana.

India’s Shafali Verma fell four runs of a century against England in the one-off Test in Bristol. – REUTERS

Shefali Verma’s Dismissal Resulted In A Mini-Collapse After Her 96 Runs Essay

However, her dismissal resulted in a mini-collapse with the tourists reduced to 187/5 at the close of play. Earlier, England had declared their first innings at 396/9 with captain Heather Knight making 95  while Sophia Dunkley (74*) and Tammy Beaumont (66) also making significant contributions.

Day 2: Late Wickets Put England Women On Top After Shafali Verma-Smriti Mandhana Record StandEngland Women vs India Women: England took five late wickets to finish the day in the driving seat after Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana put up India's record opening partnership in Tests.ANIUpdated: June 18, 2021 12:41 AM ISTRead Time: 2 min Day 2: Late Wickets Put England Women On Top After Shafali Verma-Smriti Mandhana Record Stand Shafali Verma scored 96 against England Women, falling just four short of a maiden Test century on debut.© Twitter
Shafali Verma scored 96 against England Women, falling just four short of a maiden Test century on debut.© Twitter

While the chance at hitting three figures in debut innings must have left the youngster slightly disappointed but she has promised more is to come.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words of support and for your wishes. It would not be possible to respond to each message individually. I am proud to be a part of this team and such wonderfully supportive teammates and support staff,” Shafali posted on her Twitter handle soon after the end of the second day’s play.

In another tweet, she added, “I know my father, my family, my Association, my team and academy will miss those 4+ runs more than me but I will make it up to them on other occasions. They have all been a huge support!”

India will hope to recover from the mini-collapse when they resume batting on Day 3, still trailing England by 209 runs. India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma scripted a stunning opening stand but five quick wickets in the final hour of play brought England back in the game on Thursday.

England Stages Comeback With 5 Quick Wickets

The visitors went to stumps at 187/5 with Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma unbeaten on four and zero respectively. India was right on track to register a mammoth total but England struck late to snatch the driver’s seat as the visitors lost four wickets in the last half an hour. Punam Raut, skipper Mithali Raj, and Shikha Pandey all went cheaply as India wobbled at the end before the close of day’s play.

Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma script highest 1st wicket partnership for India against England in Test
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma script highest 1st wicket partnership for India against England in Test | Photo Credit: AP

Earlier, England resumed their innings from 269/6 but suffered an early jolt as Jhulan Goswami dismisses Katherine Brunt in the 94th over. Meanwhile, Sophia Dunkley hit a fifty on Test debut as England scored their highest total against India Women.

In the third session, and Shafali Verma continued their fine form and first brought up the 100-run stand and then registered India Women’s highest opening stand in Tests. The duo passed the 153-run partnership between Gargi Banerji and Sandhya Agarwal against Australia in Mumbai in 1984.

Source : Sportzwiki More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

Virat Kohli Opens Up On New Zealand Being Termed As “Nice Guys”

Virat Kohli is expecting a high-quality Test match between the top two sides in the rankings, although he has an issue with New Zealand being framed as ‘the nice guys’ of world cricket. India has a bowling attack more than capable of taking 20 wickets anywhere in the world, with the quintet of pacers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja among the best on the planet. Virat Kohli Don’t Think Any Other Team Unlike New Zealand Has Bad Guys New Zealand is the only team to beat India in the WTC. The Kiwi

Virat Kohli Opens Up On New Zealand Being Termed As “Nice Guys”

Virat Kohli is expecting a high-quality Test match between the top two sides in the rankings, although he has an issue with New Zealand being framed as ‘the nice guys’ of world cricket.

India has a bowling attack more than capable of taking 20 wickets anywhere in the world, with the quintet of pacers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja among the best on the planet.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma with Virat Kohli (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli Don’t Think Any Other Team Unlike New Zealand Has Bad Guys

New Zealand is the only team to beat India in the WTC. The Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at Southampton.

“I really don’t understand this term that was just used – I don’t think any other team has ‘bad guys’ in their team,” said Kohli.

Tim Southee Source Black Caps Twitter
Tim Southee Source Black Caps Twitter

“We get along very well off the field but when you step across the line, it’s business at the end of the day and you need to deal with it accordingly. It’s pretty serious stuff out there, it’s not something that is fun and games and played in a very low voltage environment.

“This is a huge game, a huge Test match and we are certainly looking forward to the opportunity that we have been waiting for a few years now.”

“In Test cricket we have performed well and deserve to be on that field playing the brand of cricket we’ve played in the past few years. For us as a team, we have been on a quest for excellence for a while now and we will continue to be on that path regardless of what happens in this game.”

India had deployed both their spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the final XI at the Ageas Bowl. However, after much debate, Indian team management has gone with Ishant Sharma over Mohammed Siraj as the third seamer along with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the final playing XI.

The 32-year-old veteran pacer has been selected for his experience of playing in England and his effectiveness against left-handed batsmen. and Mohammed Shami will be the other two-seamers in the star-studded bowling attack.

New Zealand on the other hand, is yet to finalize their squad even though captain Kane Williamson said that everybody is fit and available for selection. The Kiwis also have an impressive seam-bowling attack at their disposal and will have to leave out at least one of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Matt Henry.

Virat Kohli Is Yet To Deliver The Goods In Tests In 2021

The Indian skipper has not had the best run with the willow in 2021 in Tests. In the 6 innings that he has played in the whites this year, Virat Kohli has scored only 172 runs and has scored his runs at an average of 28.67.

India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019.
Virat Kohli celebrates his century during India and Bangladesh Test at the Eden Gardens on November 23, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Also, since November 2019, a three-figure score has eluded Virat Kohli in the Test format as well. His last ton came in the first-ever day-night Test between India and Bangladesh at Kolkata.

India has announced their playing XI ahead of the WTC Final, and both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be a part of the playing XI for the WTC summit clash against the Kiwis. New Zealand will enter this monumental clash on the back of a series victory against England.

Source : Sportzwiki More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.