While all eyes were on India and New Zealand players for the finale of inaugural World Test Championship (WTC), the Indian women’s cricket team stole the show with its brilliant performance in the one-off Test against England women in Bristol.
Opting to bat first, England Women got off to an impressive start as they posted 396 runs in their first innings with the help of captain Heather Knight’s scintillating 95-run knock.
India’s Smriti Mandhana (78) and Shafali Verma (96) also gave their side a head start as they stitched a crucial partnership of 167 runs for the opening stand.
However, after the departure of Mandhana and Verma, the visitors saw a batting collapse as they were bowled out for 231 in the first innings.
After the end of the third day’s play, Mandhana pointed out that the team will learn and evolve in the longest format of the game with experience.
“Definitely, a slight pressure of ending the day ‘not out’, might have played a part in the loss of wickets in a heap and that will come with experience,” the 24-year-old said after rain forced early stumps on Day 3.
“The more we play Test matches, the more we’ll get used to conditions, one over before lunch or one over before the day’s end and all those sessions, so we can be more mature about approaching them and not take the pressure,” she was quoted as saying by Times of India.