Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Bags 4 Scalps On Her Test Debut

Sneh Rana became the first Indian women’s cricketer to achieve a notable feat with her brilliant all-around display against England women. She became the first Indian woman to score a half-century and bag a four-wicket haul on her Test debut. Playing her first international match, Sneha Rana made a remarkable statement with her all-around skills in the one-off Test match against England in Bristol. Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Took 4 Scalps In Her Test Debut As Her Partnership With Taniya Bhatiya Saves The Test All-rounder Sneh Rana became the first Indian woman and fourth overall to score a half-century

Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Bags 4 Scalps On Her Test Debut

Sneh Rana became the first Indian women’s cricketer to achieve a notable feat with her brilliant all-around display against England women. She became the first Indian woman to score a half-century and bag a four-wicket haul on her Test debut.

Playing her first international match, Sneha Rana made a remarkable statement with her all-around skills in the one-off Test match against England in Bristol.

Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 80 against England in the second innings (Courtesy: Reuters)

Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Took 4 Scalps In Her Test Debut As Her Partnership With Taniya Bhatiya Saves The Test

All-rounder Sneh Rana became the first Indian woman and fourth overall to score a half-century and take four wickets on Test debut.

After figures of 4/131 in England’s 1st innings, Sneh Rana scored a half-century in India’s second innings. She remained unbeaten on 80 and etched an unbeaten 104 run partnership with Taniya Bhatia (44 not out). During her unbeaten knock of 80, the all-rounder Sneh Rana scored the highest by an Indian batting at 6 or lower in Women’s Test cricket.

India's Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters
India’s Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters

The one-off women’s Test between India and England ended in a draw on the final day, with the visitors defying the home side attack to score 344 for 8 in their second innings after following on. India was 199/7 in the second innings, but the herculean effort from Sneh Rana ensured that the game is drawn as India after scoring 344/8 averted a shameful defeat at Bristol.

Shafali Verma Added Only 8 More Runs To Her Overnight Score Of 55

Following on and on the verge of defeat on the final day on Saturday, India was rescued by Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia’s stand, the highest 9th wicket stand for Indian women in Tests.

and Amar Singh are the two other Indians with this all-around feat in Test cricket. This feat has been done four times in women’s cricket, this being the first time by an Indian player.

Shafali Verma became the thrid youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
Shafali Verma became the third-youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women

Earlier, India opener Shafali Verma (63) could add just eight more runs to her overnight score as Katherine Brunt caught her off Ecclestone in the 30th over. Smashed for a straight six in the first ball of the over, Sophie Ecclestone came back to dismiss Shafali Verma in the last delivery, with Katherine Brunt taking a spectacular catch at long-on.

Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut then showed great resilience as India took a lead of six runs with seven wickets in hand at lunch. However, a sudden lapse of concentration saw Deepti Sharma go for a reckless slog off Sophie Ecclestone in the 58th over only to drag the ball onto her leg-stump in what was the last ball before lunch.

The 17-year-old Shafali Verma had smashed 96 runs in the one-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start in the 1st innings but despite her efforts, India was made to follow on. 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 made significant contributions.

India 231 (Verma 96, Mandhana 78, Ecclestone 4-88, Knight 2-7) and 344 for 8 (Rana 80*, Verma 63, Sharma 54, Bhatia 44*) (f/o) drew with England 396 for 9 decl. (Knight 95, Dunkley 74*, Beaumont 66, Rana 4-131, Sharma 3-65)

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WTC Final Is Evenly Poised After Day 2, Says Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, New Zealand pacer feels the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final against India is evenly poised after the end of the second day’s play on Saturday. Kyle Jamieson had broken a promising opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, the pair adding 62, and was generally satisfied with the performance of the Kiwi bowlers on the second day that was disrupted by bad light after the first day was washed out by incessant rain. Kyle Jamieson Rues That Disruption Due To Bad Light Didn’t Help Momentum But Admits India Played Really Well Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain

WTC Final Is Evenly Poised After Day 2, Says Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, New Zealand pacer feels the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final against India is evenly poised after the end of the second day’s play on Saturday.

Kyle Jamieson had broken a promising opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, the pair adding 62, and was generally satisfied with the performance of the Kiwi bowlers on the second day that was disrupted by bad light after the first day was washed out by incessant rain.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Kyle Jamieson Rues That Disruption Due To Bad Light Didn’t Help Momentum But Admits India Played Really Well

Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane struck an unbeaten 58-run partnership for the fourth wicket to navigate the team to 146/3 at the end of the day’s play on Saturday.

“It’s probably pretty even at the moment. It was a pretty good day of Test cricket. The disruptions didn’t help some of the momentum we were trying to get and that we had at periods of time,” said Jamieson during a virtual press conference.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane walk off the field after stumps on Day 2. (Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane walk off the field after stumps on Day 2. (Getty Images)

“They played really well, they put away the bad balls when they were there and they were really patient outside off. Our plan was to stick around there and credit to them, they played pretty well. But I think we were able to keep things relatively restricted and grabbed three important wickets as well,” he added.

Virat Kohli is batting on 44 while Ajinkya Rahane remains unbeaten on 29 as India will look to continue to build on the solid foundation laid on Day 3.

Kyle Jamieson Pleased To See Bowling Efforts Go New Zealand’s Way

Kyle Jamieson said no one among fans, experts, and cricketers want the WTC final to get curtailed by rain or bad light and is hopeful to have some good game time on Sunday.

“Oh, yeah, certainly pretty frustrating, when you bowl three or four balls and you go off and then come back on for another couple and then you go off again, it’s not how you’d like it ideally. Again, it’s just the cards we’ve been dealt, and it’s the same with rain. We’ve all played in games throughout our careers where we’ve been off for rain or off for bad light.”

“Obviously, the spectacle is such a special one for everyone involved, and you don’t want that to be curtailed by bad light or rain, but it’s part and parcel of what we sign up for, and hopefully, we get some good amount of play in tomorrow,” said Jamieson while replying to a query from ANI.

The 26-year-old was particularly miserly, taking 1/14 from 14 overs as India finished the day on 146/3 from 64.4 overs. Kyle Jamieson was pleased with New Zealand’s bowling on day two of the WTC final against India.

“It’s obviously pretty crucial to try to keep the ball in reasonable areas for long periods and those runs are there, but it was just good to halt the momentum a little bit. How we did that as a bowling unit throughout the day after they started pretty well, was pleasing and it kept things in the balance very nicely,” said Jamieson.

“We know they are a quality line-up from one to 11 and there is a reason why they have been one of the top teams in the world for a very long time. For us, as a unit, it was about keeping the ball in the right areas for long periods and I think we were able to do that for the most part today. We’ll certainly take a lot of confidence out of that moving into tomorrow,” he signed off.

India opener Shubman Gill
India opener Shubman Gill Image Source: AP

India lost their first wicket for 62 runs on board in 20.1 overs as Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 34 off 68. Kyle Jamieson has caused uncertainty by going wide on the crease, and the outswing takes the edge for a lovely low catch at third slip by Tim Southee.

Neil Wagner swung the first ball back into , and two balls later he bowled the same length, making him push at the ball, which held its line this time and took the edge as India lost their second wicket on 63 in 24.3 overs with Shubman Gill being dismissed after scoring 28 off 64.

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