Women’s Test – England vs India


The England captain was full of praise for her team’s efforts despite being defied by India’s lower order

Heather Knight has hailed the one-off Test between England and India as a prime advertisement for the game, saying she would welcome five-day contests for women.
Having lost a significant amount of play to rain on the third day in Bristol, England were unable to take the nine remaining wickets they needed on the fourth and final day, despite threatening to do so, thanks largely to an impenetrable ninth-wicket stand between India Test debutants Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia.

Rana and Bahatia, who were among five debutants for India and six in the match, put on an unbroken partnership of 104. Rana, at No. 8, was unbeaten on 80 and Bhatia was 44 not out when the sides agreed to a draw late in the final session with India 344 for 8 in their second innings following on, a lead of 179.

“What a brilliant game of cricket,” Knight, the England captain, said. “It was unfortunate it didn’t have the dramatic and exciting finish that it could have done but what a game of cricket.

“I think it’s almost a shame that today it fizzled out a little bit. It was set up to be very good and very exciting, but I think it’s been a brilliant advert. We’ve had some great skill on show, some youngsters come in from both sides and play outstandingly.

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2021-06-19 23:14:00

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