The season in advent - day five - England vs India Test Match

Three Diamonds, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver and Lauren Winfield-Hill, were all part of the England side which played out a thrilling Test Match draw against India at Bristol (June 16-19).

Winfield-Hill played her first Test in four years, opening the batting and scoring 35 in England’s 396-6 declared - the hosts recovering from 270-7.

Winfield-Hill struck two sixes before lunch on day one, a sign of the attacking intent England would show to try and force victory in a match interrupted by rain.

India looked well placed to snuff out any danger of defeat when they made it to 167 without loss on day two thanks to Smriti Mandhana (78) and Shafali Verma, the latter who made 96 and would be named player of the match.

But Sophie Ecclestone’s four wickets turned the tide in dramatic fashion, with India losing all 10 wickets for 54 to be bowled out for 231 early on day three.

Made to follow-on 165 behind, Verma was at it again with 63 against the new ball.

However, at the start of day four, India slumped from 83-1 overnight to 199-7. With the best part of 50 overs remaining, England were hot favourites to win.

However, number eight Sneh Rana was outstanding with an unbeaten 80.

She shared an unbroken century partnership for the ninth wicket with wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia (44 not out) as India closed on 344-8, repelling everything England’s bowlers, including Brunt and Sciver, could throw at them.

It was hailed by many as one of the best women’s Test Matches in recent memory. And although they were unable to force victory at Bristol, England did go on and win the multi-format series.


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