Home > News >

Nagarajan Niranjana’s all-round show helps India Women edge ahead of England Women at Stumps on Day 1 of only Test at Wormsley

Nagarajan Niranjana (left) had a terrific day with both bat and ball for India © Getty Images
Nagarajan Niranjana (left) had a terrific day with both bat and ball for India © Getty Images

By Shiamak Unwalla

Aug 13, 2014

India Women kept dominating in the post-Tea session of the one-off Test against England Women at Wormsley.Having bowled out England for a paltry 92, they started off quite securely with the bat, with openers Thirush Kamini and Smriti Mandhana scoring 40 runs before being separated. However, wickets kept tumbling after that, as Jenny Gunn

India started off after Tea in very good fashion, with both Thirush and Smriti scoring freely. However, they soon slipped from 40 for no loss to 64 for six thanks to an inspired spell from medium-pacer Jenny Gunn, whose figures read three for one at one point. She ended the day with excellent figures of four for 13 in 12 overs.

That India survived till Stumps without losing another wicket is thanks to their new ball pair of Nagarajan Niranjana and Jhulan Goswami, who battled for close to 17 overs to get to 87 for six, just five runs shy of England’s total. The pair were India’s ray of hope on a day that was excellent for pace bowling.

Earlier, it was Niranjana who started the slide in the first session with a marathon spell of 10 overs on the trot, taking four for 11 in the first session. In the second session, it was the turn of Shubhalakshmi Sharma to take the game away from England. Sharma, the right-arm medium pacer, took two wickets in two balls getting rid of Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole. Debutant Sonia Odedra hang in for a while before falling to Ekta Bisht, while No 11 Kate Cross was run out for just four to end the England innings eight runs short of triple figures.

Niranjana was absolutely unstoppable with the ball, as she bowled unchanged throughout the first session to end with remarkable figures of four for 11 in 10 overs. India won the toss and elected to field first in overcast conditions, and were vindicated almost immediately as Niranjana struck early, getting rid of Heather Knight with the score on one. She continued her march, removing Lauren Winfield for eight before getting the big fish, Charlotte Edwards, for just four. England were at this point 28 for three.

However, their woes did not end there, as Shikha Pandey got into the wickets column as well, accounting for the well-set Tammy Beaumont for 12. Niranjana was not yet finished though, as she got rid of Lydia Greenway in the penultimate over of the session to end with four wickets before Lunch.

Ultimately, it was a tremendous performance from the Indian bowlers — both with the ball and later with the bat — that ensured India held a clear advantage at Stumps on Day One.

Brief Scores:

England Women 92 (Sarah Taylor 30; Nagarajan Niranjana 4 for 19, Shubhalakshmi Sharma 2 for 12) lead India Women 87 for 6 (Smriti Mandhana 22, Thirush Kamini 17, Jhulan Goswami 13*, Nagarajan Niranjana 13*; Jenny Gunn 4 for 13) by 5 runs.

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

Afghanistan tour of UAE, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Dubai

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

Phil Hughes passes away: Video tribute

Phillip Hughes passes away: Let us bring Sean Abbott back on track

Phil Hughes and other cricketers who succumbed to on-field injuries

Phillip Hughes 7th-youngest Test cricketer to die

Phillip Hughes: A brief look at the career of one of Australia’s most promising talents

Phillip Hughes: Rest in peace

Australia England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 Phil Hughes Phil Hughes Death Phil Hughes head injury Phillip Hughes

Live Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI at Dhaka

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI at Dhaka

Live Streaming: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2

Live Scorecard: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2

Henry Blofeld: Nephew of an England captain?

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Pakistan top-order prevails once again

Prakash Bhandari: The teenage prodigy BCCI could not capitalise on

Phil Hughes: Remembering his most memorable knocks

Phillip Hughes passes away: Kolkata is where Kolkata was

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Alia Bhatt or Shraddha Kapoor: Who can play Jennifer Lawrence’s role if Mockingjay is remade in Bollywood?

सुबह गुनगुना पानी पीने के छह फ़ायदे

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

सर्दी के दिनों में त्वचा को स्वस्थ रखने के कुछ सरल उपाय

Ungli movie review: Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda let down by predictable and contrived plot

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here