Women’s Test: Deepti Sharma’s 5/7 puts India in driver’s seat against England

Mumbai: Deepti Sharma’s splendid 5/7 figures put India in the driver’s seat against England on Day 2 of the one-off Women’s Test match at DY Patil Stadium here on Friday.
The spin magic was earlier woven by Sophie Ecclestone as she snapped up two of the remaining three wickets to fold India’s first innings at 428 in 104.3 overs, on a day where 19 wickets fell.
England hoped to carry on the fight with the bat as well but failed as India brought on the spinners early in their innings after realizing that the deck was helping spinners.
Before the spinners could do the damage, Renuka Singh cleaned up Sophia Dunkley (11) and the brilliant Pooja Vastrakar snapped up Heather Knight (11) and Tammy Beaumont (10). This did not stop Nat Sciver-Brunt (59 off 70, 10x4s) who scored freely, and along with Danielle Wyatt (19) bullied India bowlers in the middle.
In this phase, Captain Harmanpreet Kaur kept her cool and made swift changes to unsettle the English batswomen. The ploy worked soon after Deepti was introduced, and got one in her very first over.
The offspinner triggered a dramatic collapse by getting Wyatt caught at short-leg as she found enough turn from the pitch.
Deepti had Amy Jones (12) next, caught at short-leg as sharp turn and low bounce at times, bamboozled the English batswomen. She ran through the lower order and finished with an eyebrow-raising figure as England saw seven batswomen marching back to the pavilion after adding just 28 runs.
India denied follow-on to England and came out to bat for the second time with an intent to make quick runs.
Openers Smriti Mandhana (26) and Shafali Varma (33) knit a 61 runs-opening partnership before England spinners found their feet on a turner. Mandhana walked back after she was dismissed by Ecclestone’s bouncing turner, caught at short leg.
Shafali perished caught at long-on after going for a big hit. Yastika Bhatia (9) and Jemimah Rodrigues (27) got out to forceful fending to short leg.
Offspinner Charlie Dean sent back Deepti (20), who was trapped leg before on a mistimed sweep and cleaned up Sneh Rana (0) to end the day with a four-wicket haul.
Shubha Satheesh did not come out to bat due to a hairline fracture on her finger. However, India’s batting was in the safe hands of Harmanpreet who was batting on 44 and had stitched a 5
Brief Scores: India 428 (Shubha Satheesh 69, Jemima Rodrigues 68, Yastika Bhatia 66, Deepti Sharma 67; Lauren Bell 3-67, Sophie Eccleston 3-91) & 186/6 (Harmanpreet Kaur 44*; Charlie Dean 4-68) lead England 136 all out (Nat Sciver-Brunt 59, Deepti Sharma 5-7) by 478 runs

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