Sneh Rana achieved a brilliant half-century during the debut when India women offered a fierce resistance to English women in the final session on day four in Bristol.
Rana forged valuable stands with Shikha Pandey (41 off 101 balls) with her patient half-century (50 off 91 balls) and then joined hands with Tania Bhatia to take India’s lead beyond 150 runs.
With just 23 overs for the day and clouds looming, India not only frustrated the attack in England but also a draw.
IND W vs ENG W, Test match Day 4 Live: Deepti hits first Test fifty on debut, India takes slim lead
Earlier, another debutant Deepti Sharma passed her first Test in the half-century and helped India close the gap.
Deepti dropped anchor and forged a brilliant half-century stand with Punam Raut to keep England at a distance. The duel with their partnership helped India erase the backlog and take a slim six-run lead at Lunch on Day Four.
India lost four quick wickets for 28 runs after lunch, but debutant Rana and veteran Shikha kept the visitors going with an important 41-run partnership around the eighth wicket.
At a slow pitch, the Indian lower order did an excellent job of blunting the second new ball and digging deep with the aim of saving a draw.
India resumed the second innings at 83 for one, and India were 171 for three during lunch with Deepti hitting a brave half-century during the debut.
Deepti shared 72 runs with Punam Raut (39 off 83 balls) but was sacked during lunch.
After the break, England were back in the game with the wickets of captain Mithali Raj and Raut to get India in trouble.
Vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur also failed with the bat for the second time, but it was the lower order that offered a fightback effort to keep India in the game.