One-off Test, DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai: (day two of four)
India 428 (104.3 overs) & 186-6 (42 overs): Kaur 44*, Dean 4-68
England 136 (35.3 overs): Sciver-Brunt 59; Sharma 5-7
England’s disappointing batting collapse handed India total control of the one-off Test in Mumbai as 19 wickets fell on a dramatic second day.
England slumped to 136 all out in reply to India’s first-innings 428, including losing six wickets for only 10 runs.
Off-spinner Deepti Sharma took 5-7, with Nat Sciver-Brunt’s 59 the only contribution of note for England.
India then opted against enforcing the follow-on and finished 186-6, an imposing lead of 478.
Charlie Dean finished with 4-68 and fellow spinner Sophie Ecclestone 2-76, but the turn and bounce that they produced only adds to the pressure as England face batting last with such a significant deficit and two days to go.
India started the day on 410-7 but could only add a further 18 runs as Lauren Bell and Ecclestone took the remaining three wickets in the first 10 overs.
England slipped to 28-2 in reply with Sophia Dunkley and Heather Knight dismissed by seamers Renuka Singh Thakur and Pooja Vastrakar, before Tammy Beaumont and Sciver-Brunt rebuilt with a steady stand of 51.
But from 79-2, chaos ensued as Beaumont was needlessly run out and England appeared to panic as the ball started to turn.
Danni Wyatt was caught at short leg for 19, Amy Jones was bizarrely caught for 12 after the ball ricocheted off a close fielder’s helmet and Sciver-Brunt was bowled by a ripping delivery from spinner Sneh Rana.
Sharma then rattled through the lower order as none of England’s last five batters made it into double figures, and India were able to bat with the freedom allowed by minimal scoreboard pressure.
Openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma added 61 for the first wicket before captain Harmanpreet Kaur added an unbeaten 44 to punish a tiring England, who have spent 146 overs in the field and in the heat across two days.
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