Debutant Shafali Verma became only the fourth player and the youngest one in the history of women’s cricket to hit India for half a century in a row after being bowled out 231, and finished the third day at 83/1 when the game rained Bristol has been shut down. .
In the one-off Test against England, India run 82 runs with Shafali at 55 alongside Deepti Sharma, who is unbeaten at 18.
The duo braved the English bowlers for 20 overs and added 54 runs in the afternoon when the early Tea were called up due to rain. The session after lunch started 30 minutes late due to rain. England toiled the entire second session hard without any success.
Shafali begins the second half of the century on Test debut against English women
The other opening batsman Smriti Mandhana was sacked for just eight runs in the morning session because India want to save the Test by nine second innings in the four-day match.
Verma, who hit 96 in her first innings, continued her impressive form as she reached six more boundaries in the second session.
Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma during their unbeaten half-century stand on England Women on Day Three. – GETTY IMAGES
Earlier, India was left with a mountain to climb after being shot out 231 in its first innings, half an hour before lunch.
After a dramatic collapse on Thursday on the second day, India’s batting continued as they lost five wickets for the addition of just 44 runs in 21.2 overs in the morning session, which was the tremendous effort of Verma (96) and Mandhana (96). 78) undone.
Deepti (29 not out) and Pooja Vastrakar (12) set up a stand of 33 runs for the ninth wicket but could not stop the team from responding to the English first innings of 396/9.
Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (4/88) was the choice of English bowlers by four wickets, while fit Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole took the last two Indian wickets.
India scored its first run of the day after 20 balls and then lost two wickets, including the crucial one from vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
Harmanpreet was out after England went into the second round of the day for judging without adding anything to their overnight score of four. She was previously ruled from Ecclestone as a bone.
Tanya Bhatia fell two overs later without disturbing the striker after confronting six balls. She was also sacked by Ecclestone, who was then responsible for Sneh Rana (2) with a twisting move to reduce India to 197 for 8.
England took the new ball after 80 overs and the Indian first innings then ended 1.2 overs with the dismissal of Pooja Vastrakar (12) and Jhulan Goswami (1).
Short counts: England Women: 396/9 dec. India Women: 231 and 83 for 1 in 24.3 overs (Shafali Verma 55 not out, Deepti Sharma 18 not out; Katherine Brunt 1/21).