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ENG W vs IND W: Shafali Verma takes brilliant one-handed catch at short leg

Shafali Verma took a great one-handed catch to dismiss the dangerous Tammy Beaumont on 66 on Day 1 of the one-off Test.

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New Delhi Published on: June 16, 2021 20:54 IST
ENG W vs IND W: Shafali Verma takes brilliant one-handed catch at short leg
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ENG W vs IND W: Shafali Verma takes brilliant one-handed catch at short leg

India's Test debutant Shafali Verma took a brilliant one-handed catch at short leg during the first day of the only Test against England on Wednesday. Her catch helped dismiss the in-form Tammy Beaumont on 66.

This was also debutant Sneh Rahan's maiden wicket in Test cricket.

India Women toiled hard for the most part of the post-lunch period before off-spinner Rana dismissed the dangerous Beaumont.

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Beaumont faced 166 balls and decorated her innings with six fours en route to her second Test fifty.

Earlier, the hosts made a solid 86 for one in the opening session and ended at 162/2 in 55 overs at Tea.

The Indian pace duo of veteran Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey made a promising start, doing just enough to trouble the English batswoman on more than one occasion.

In the seventh over, Goswami induced an edge from Winfield-Hill as the batter went for an extravagant drive but Smriti Mandhana dropped the chance in the slip cordon despite getting both hands on the ball.

In the next over, Winfield got lucky again. Debutant Pooja Vastrakar induced a thick edge from the batter but the ball flew between second slip and gully to the boundary.

After a slow and cautious start, England picked up the pace. Winfield was the more positive of the two batters as she lofted Pandey over the mid-wicket to hit the first six of the innings and in the process brought up England's fifty in the 17th over.

An over later, Winfield hit another maximum, this time over backward square leg off Vastrakar.

Vastrakar eventually had the last laugh as she had Winfield caught by wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia, giving India the breakthrough.

As many as five players made Test debut for India, including Verma, Deepti Sharma, Vastrakar, Rana and Bhatia, while for England Sophia Dunkley was the lone player to earn a Test cap.

Indian women team is playing its first Test match in seven years. It last played the traditional format of the game in November 2014 against South Africa in Mysuru. 

(With input from PTI)

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