The Indian Men’s Cricket team is having a torrid time in England as they are completely off-colour after winning the second Test at Lords. They lost the following two tests as the hosts took a 2-1 lead with the fifth test going on where it seems England will be winning the series 3-1. In the middle of this, there is some good news to cherish for the Indian cricket fans, courtesy the women’s team that defeated England in the first test match at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire.
Pacer Nagarajan Niranjana is the architect of the victory as she took four early wickets before lunch on day 1 that helped India bundle out the English women for a partly 92. Niranjana once again showed her class with the bat as she scored a timely 27 towards the end of the innings that made India gain a splendid lead of 22.
The match hung in balance after the first innings as ether of the team can go on and win the match. English batswomen Jenny Gunn and Sarah Taylor scored some vital runs and took England past the 200 mark and set India a target of 181. India in reply started strongly with MD Thirush kamini and Smriti Mandana shared a 76 run opening partnership and laid a strong foundation.
Mandana got out after scoring a well-deserved half century before getting out. She was followed by Poonam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaut soon. India’s skipper and the most experienced batswoman Mithali Raj and Shikha Pandey played sensible and put on a partnership of 68 which was the key in India’s six wicket over England. Mithali Raj remained not-out on 50 and Pandey was unbeaten on 28.
England’s Jenny Gunn was declared as the player of the match.
Brief Scores: India Women 114 (Niranjana 27, Gunn 5-19) and 183 for 4 (Mandhana 51, Raj 50*) beat England Women 92 (Niranjana 4-19) and 202 (Gunn 62*, Taylor 40, Goswami 4-48) by six wickets.