England and India take two points each from the test when the game is tied in Bristol; India went 199-7 and 240-8, but thwarted England’s push for the win when Sneh Rana hit unbeaten at 80 on the fourth and final day.
The women of England were forced to settle for a one-time tie against India in Bristol as Sneh Rana’s debut fifty and an unbroken association of 104 in ninth place saw the tourists rebound from a major meltdown to hit fourth. and last day.
India had fallen from 171-2 to 199-7, losing five wickets for 28 runs, once another rookie Deepti Sharma (54) had cut Sophie Ecclestone (4-118) on her stumps at lunchtime.
The visiting team was just 34 runs ahead in the second session when Harmanpreet Kaur was seventh, but Rana (80th) added 41 with Shikha Pandey (18) and then from 240-8, put up a century position with Taniya Bhatia ( 44no). as India thwarted Heather Knight’s hosts after being asked to follow a day early.
England and India shared the first four points on offer in the multi-format series, which will now continue with three one-day internationals, starting in Bristol next Sunday, and as many T20 internationals.
England were on a roll in the middle of the day once Sharma’s composite innings and 72-run third-field partnership with Punam Raut ended in kamikaze style as he crossed the line as he faced Ecclestone.
Mithali Raj (4) and Raut (39) then dropped four runs later with the score of 175: Captain Raj threw Ecclestone while looking to hit the third man and Raut pulling a Nat Sciver goalie to Ecclestone on the square leg.
Pooja Vastrakar (12) and Harmanpreet (8) left before India put 200 on the board as they played bad shots to be thrown by Knight and caught at Ecclestone respectively: Kaur made a sweep and offered an easy catch for the wicketkeeper . Amy Jones.
Jones’ excellent jump grip then broke the Rana-Pandey partnership shortly before tea, the goalie jumped past the leg stump to pick up the nick that Sciver, whose 16 overs were taken for just 21 runs, had inducted Pandey. .
Encouraged by that strike, England would have hoped to polish innings quickly on the restart, which started with India 243-8 and just 78.
But Knight’s team was frustrated by Rana, who became the third Indian rookie in the game to score a fifty after Shafali Verma (twice) and Sharma.
The right wing got into anything errant from England bowlers, looking particularly strong offside, while hitting intentionally under gloomy skies.
Bhatia, who headed to the fold in a pair, endured more nervous moments but grew more confident as the innings progressed against a game but grueling England attack.
Rana’s cap against Georgia Elwiss at the end of the day was the last action before a tie was called, with India coming in at 344-8, a 179 lead.
The final day lit up in the morning when Katherine Brunt made a spectacular jump catch at length to dismiss Verma (63) from an Ecclestone complete pitch.
That wicket seemed to put England in control and they were mostly in charge later on after taking five wickets for 28 races, but Rana stood his ground to make sure the stock was spoiled.
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