In the one-off test between IND-W and ENG-W, Deepti Sharma became the second Indian player to reach 50 runs and claim five wickets

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With the ball, Deepti shone as he bowled England out for 136 after smashing a brilliant 67 off 113 balls to help India post a massive 429 runs in the first inning. In the current one-off match between India and England at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, all-rounder Deepti Sharma became just the second player to take five wickets and score fifty in a test.

With four batswomen scoring fifty runs apiece, including Deepti’s 67 off 113 balls, India amassed a massive 429 runs in the opening inning after electing to bat first. With Deepti’s outstanding 5/7, the women in blue were able to dominate the match and bundle out England for a pitiful 136.

In 1985, Shubangi Kulkarni scored 79 runs at bat and picked 6/99 in a draw with New Zealand, the only other time an Indian player accomplished this feat.

Against England Women, on the second morning of the four-day, one-off Test match, India Women added eighteen runs to their overnight total before losing the final three wickets and ending their innings at 428 all out in 104.3 overs. The Indian women beat England at Blackpool in 1986, setting a new record of 426/9d to record their second-highest score ever. The hosts have aimed to frustrate England further by forcing the overnight score of 410/7. At Taunton two years ago, they scored their highest-ever total of 467 against England.

Day One of the one-off four-day Test match between India Women and England Women ended with 410/7 in 94 overs at stumps earlier on Thursday. Debutants Shubha Satheesh and Jemimah Rodrigues, along with Yastika Bhatia and Deepti Sharma, struck maiden half-centuries. Yastika scored 66 off 88 balls in her third test match, while Shubh top-scored with 69 in their opening encounter, and Jemimah followed closely with 68.

India rallied from 47/2 to a lead of 196/4 thanks to the 115 runs that Shubh and Jemimah shared for the third wicket. Later, Deepti Sharma and Sneha Rana added 92 runs for the seventh wicket, taking India’s total against England to 400 runs for the third time. Yastika and Harmanpreet combined for 116 runs for the fifth wicket.

In the first session, India Women scored 136/2 off 27 overs, 125/2 off 29 overs in the afternoon, and 149/3 off 38 overs at stumps. Deepti Sharma was 60 not out, and Pooja Vastrakar was keeping her company at 4.

Samriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma struck a few boundaries after captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and decided to bat first. However, they were still in limited-overs mode as they repeatedly attempted to reach out to the ball on a pitch that offered good bounce to both seamers and snipers.

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