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Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
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Mithali Raj Praised Sneh Rana After India Women’s Clinch 3rd ODI Against England

Mithali Raj, the Indian skipper heaped praise on all-rounder Sneh Rana and said that she can be groomed into a finisher after Indian women defeated England women in the third and final ODI.

India defeated England by four wickets in the third ODI on Saturday at the New Road, Worcester. Mithali Raj played a captain’s knock as she remained unbeaten on 75 off just 86 balls. In the end, Sneh Rana also played a crucial 24-run knock which came off just 22 balls with the help of three fours.

Mithali Raj runs between the wicket. (Getty Images)
Mithali Raj runs between the wicket. (Getty Images)

Mithali Raj: Sneh Rana Will Have A Bigger Role Playing For India In The Forthcoming Years

Sneh Rana’s cameo of 24 from 22 balls at No. 7 in Worcester was pivotal to her 50-run sixth-wicket stand with Mithali Raj as the duo helped India seal a four-wicket win in the final match of the three-game ODI leg of the multi-format series.

Earlier in the day, Sneh Rana had also made an impact with the ball, returning figures of 7-0-31-1, having opener Lauren Winfield-Hill caught for 36 to break a 67-run second-wicket partnership. She had picked up 1 for 43 in the second ODI.

“Definitely, yes. That’s a slot we have always looked for somebody who has the shots to clear the field, strong shots all around. And it helps to have a player there who can also bowl. So it’s good to have her on the side.

“She’s definitely shown that she does have the character in her to be built into a good player. In the current era, in modern cricket, allrounders play a very important role in the composition of the team. I’m sure that she has bigger role-playing for India in the coming years,” said Mithali while replying to an ANI query during a virtual post-match press conference.

Sneh Rana celebrates a wicket Getty Images
Sneh Rana celebrates a wicket Getty Images

India went on to lose the three-match ODI series against England but the solitary win in the third ODI will give the visitors a much-needed boost ahead of the upcoming T20I leg of the tour.

Indian women debutants Shafali Verma (96 and 63), Deepti Sharma (3/65, 29* and 54), Taniya Bhatia (0 and 44*), Sneh Rana (4/131, 2 and 80*), and Pooja Vastrakar (1/53, 12 and 12) took the centre-stage to manage a draw against England women in the one-off Test preceding the ODIs after being followed-on in India’s first Test after seven years.

Mithali Raj: It’s Just A Matter Of One Innings For A Batswoman Like Harmanpreet Kaur To Get Her Rhythm Back

Mithali Raj was of the opinion that Harmanpreet Kaur who has not been able to show any form with the bat recording scores of 16,19 and 1 in the three ODIs will get her rhythm back in the T20 format. She was not able to get among the runs in the one-off Test as well.

Harmanpreet Kaur, whose epic 171 against Australia in the 2017 World Cup, became a seminal moment for the women’s game in the country, has since gone off the boil. In 29 ODI matches (in which she didn’t get to bat six times) since the 2017 World Cup final against England, the Indian vice-captain has scored only two fifties and two scores over 40, which has put the maximum pressure on the scoreboard.

“It does happen with any player. Sometimes you are just not in form. But as a team and as a unit we back players who have been match-winners. We also know that single-handedly she has won games for us with her innings.

“This time around she needs the support of the team to back her. It’s just a matter of one innings for a batter-like her to get her rhythm and timing. I’m sure with the T20 format, a format that suits her game, I really hope she will be back among the runs,” said Mithali.

Harmanpreet Kaur has crossed fifty only twice in last 28 matches. AP
Harmanpreet Kaur has crossed fifty only twice in the last 29 matches. AP

Talking about the form of No.3 Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali said: “A young player, obviously, she (Rodrigues) will take some time. It’s just a matter of experience and exposure for players like her.

“When a player goes through bad form, as players, seniors, and team management we can give her the confidence and the backing, but it boils down to the player herself to have that belief to come out of the bad form. Again, for a batter, it’s just a matter of one innings to get the timing right and hope that as a young player she should get back in form.”

In the third and final ODI, Mithali Raj was also able to become the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket, across all three formats. She surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards to become the leading run-scorer.

Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
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England Women Resorted To Constant Sledging To Disturb Indian Women Team’s Concentration: Sneh Rana

England women players resorted to “constant sledging” to disturb the concentration of the Indian women team but they maintained their composure to pull off a thrilling draw for the Indian women’s team in the one-off Test here.

It was a tale of Indian women debutants as Shafali Verma (96 and 63), Deepti Sharma (3/65, 29* and 54), Taniya Bhatia (0 and 44*), Sneh Rana (4/131, 2 and 80*) and Pooja Vastrakar (1/53, 12 and 12) took the centre-stage to eke out a draw against England women after being followed-on in India’s first Test after seven years.

England Women Sledged A Lot, Says India's Savior Sneh Rana who first took four wickets, then played a match-saving knock of 80 not out in India's second innings. Courtesy: Twitter
England Women Sledged A Lot, Says India’s Savior Sneh Rana who first took four wickets, then played a match-saving knock of 80 not out in India’s second innings. Courtesy: Twitter

England Women Players Tried To Disturb Indian Women Players Who Were Unnerved

Needing two wickets in the final session, England women bowlers were on top and used all the tactics with close-in fielders and constant sledging but Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia remained unfazed.

“It was their job to disturb us, and they kept on doing so many things to achieve their goal,” Rana, who scripted a heroic act with Bhatia in their century-plus unbroken nine-wicket partnership, said at a virtual post-match conference on Saturday night.

India's Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters
India’s Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters

“We did not pay any attention and kept on talking to each other after every ball, be it from far or getting closer. It boosted us up. We just wanted to do it for our team. That was the only conversation we had in the middle.”

England women’s Sophie Ecclestone’s four wickets earlier in the day had England in a prime position to push for victory before an eighth-wicket partnership worth 41 runs between Sneh Rana and Shikha Pandey had India clinging on to the prospect of a draw at tea.

Sneh Rana, who on Test debut produced just the innings her side needed, reaching 80 not out off 154 balls to kill off any chance of the hosts sealing a result while Taniya Bhatia was unbeaten on 44 at stumps.

Sneh Rana And Deepti Sharma Opens Up On The One-Off Test

In her first match for India after five years, the spin allrounder Sneh Rana bowled 39.2 overs in the first innings before putting up the rescue-act batting at No 8.

“There was no nervousness. We just wanted to play our basics. There was sledging in the middle but we both decided to just focus on our batting and put in extra focus.I don’t think much and just keep myself busy. I didn’t want the situation to take over me so that I could play my natural game.”

Asked about missing a century on her Test debut, Rana said: “I didn’t think about the century. The team wanted me to stay so I was just playing ball-by-ball and contribute to the team.”

Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 80 against England in the second innings
Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 80 against England in the second innings (Courtesy: Reuters)

Promoted to No 3 after being unbeaten in the first innings, Deepti Sharma was steely in her partnership with Shafali Verma as she put in the foundation before England triggered a collapse. Indian women lost the momentum midway into the 2nd innings as they were staring on the brink of a defeat with the score at 199/7 before managing a respectable 344/8 following on.

“Actually, it was about starting all over again and play session by session. I always enjoy batting with Shafali, we know there will be sixes, boundaries anytime when she is playing.”

“I got a lot of confidence from my knock in the first innings, I just wanted to play close to my body in the second innings. I just played session-by-session,” Sharma said.

The England women and Indian women teams agreed to a draw at 6.13 pm local time with India 344 for 8 in their second innings following on, a lead of 179 runs, after Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia had combined for an unbroken stand of 104 for the 9th wicket.

India 231 (Verma 96, Mandhana 78, Ecclestone 4-88, Knight 2-7) and 344 for 8 (Rana 80*, Verma 63, Sharma 54, Bhatia 44*) (f/o) drew with England 396 for 9 declared (Knight 95, Dunkley 74*, Beaumont 66, Rana 4-131, Sharma 3-65)