Indian women scripted a memorable draw against England women in the one-off Test at Bristol. Following on, Indian women, on the back of a gritty knock by Sneh Rana, managed to draw the match. Indian skipper Mithali Raj feels the experience of playing the one-off Test against England will help India in the Day-Night Test against Australia later this year. The historic Test match will be the first between the Australian and Indian women’s teams in 15 years, and India’s first-ever women’s day-night Test.
“The biggest learning is that there are other players who can stand up and deliver for the team when it is required. After the first-innings collapse and the lower middle-order like Sneh Rana, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia have played a very crucial role,” said Mithali Raj in a virtual press conference.
“Even Deepti Sharma in both innings for India she stood out along with Shafali. These girls have shown even with a lack of practice with the red ball and the longer format, they stood up and performed and that’s the confidence we will carry in the pink-ball Test against Australia”.
At one stage, thing were not looking promising for the Indian women as they were tottering at 199/7. However, the lower order showed spine and denied England a win. There were some brilliant performances from the Indian side in the Test. Shafali Verma scored half-centuries in both innings. Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatiya and Sneh Rana also showed glimpses of brilliance. There are a lot of positives that India will carry into the ODI series against England women that gets underway on June 27.
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