Late wickets put England on top as India crumble after Mandhana-Shafali show on Day Two

Openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma scripted the highest first-wicket partnership for India in Test matches against England.

India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma scripted a stunning opening stand but made five quick wickets in the final hour of play brought England back in the game on Thursday.

England finished day two on top with five wickets in the final session despite a solid opening stand by the Indian openers. 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.

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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.

The visitors declared at 396/9 registering their sixth-highest total in all women’s Tests. Mandhana and Shafali then got India off to a great start as the duo scored 63 runs together without losing a wicket before Tea.

Smriti Mandhana; IndiaVsEngland Test; Picture Source: Twitter @BCCI Women

In the third session, Mandhana and Shafali 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.

However, Shafali fell four runs short of a Test century and her wicket triggered a collapse. India collapsed from 167/0 to 183/5 before the second day’s play concluded.

Brief Scores: England Women 396/9d (Heather Knight 95, Sophia Dunkley 74, Sneh Rana 4-131) vs India Women 187/5 (Smriti Mandhana 78, Shafali Verma 96; Heather Knight 2-1)