Sneh Rana becomes the first Indian women’s cricketer to score a half-century and pick up a four-wicket on her debut in the one-off test against England women. It was an important inning at the situation as India was reeling at 240 for the loss of eight wickets and her composure helped the team settle for a draw.
The 27-year-old made her international debut way back in 2014 and has been able to play very few games so far in her international career. However, she made full use of her opportunity this time and India will be happy to have her services for a long time. She broke numerous records in the process of getting to her half-century.
Sneh Rana’s All Round Efforts Saves India
Earlier in the first innings, the off-spinner Sneh Rana picked up a brilliant four-wicket haul which brought down the England women’s score to 396 for the loss of 9 wickets. She was dismissed for just 2 runs in the first innings and she had made up for it with an excellent unbeaten 80 in a crunch situation. India women were looking to draw the test while following on and it needed a stellar effort from the lower order.
Coming in at six, Sneh Rana smashed 13 boundaries in the 154 ball knock and her partnership alongside Thaniya Batiya for the ninth wicket of 104 runs made sure that India could draw the game. The unbeaten 80 run knock is the highest score by an Indian who has batted at number six or below in test cricket. Her batting exploits will be certainly considered in the future from now on.
Shafali Verma Dismissed Early On Day Four
The young batting sensation Shafali Verma who has scored two half-centuries on her test debut could add just eight runs to her tally in the final day. She resumed the day on 55 and was caught by Katherine Brunt of the bowling of Sophie Ecclestone to be dismissed for a well-made 63. The youngster is expected to do wonders for the country and she was awarded the player of the match. The contributions from Deepthi Sharma(54) and Punam Raut(39) were also equally important to rescue India from the verge of defeat.
Meanwhile, the three-match ODI series up next starts on 27th June between the India Women and England Women.