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Bowlers Dominate Opening Day At Wormsley

Jenny Gunn appeals for a wicket
Jenny Gunn took four wickets as England launched a fightback late in the day
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England Women 92 (Nagarajan 4-19) v
India Women 87-6 (Gunn 4-13)
Only Test, Wormsley, day one

Ball dominated bat on day one of the Test match between England Women and India Women at Wormsley, where 16 wickets fell in all.

Nagarajan Niranjana took four of them as England were bowled out for 92 - their lowest score in a home Test.

In reply, India also struggled before closing on 87 for six.

There were a record seven leg-before dismissals in England's innings and three more would follow in India's.

India won the toss and chose to bowl, quickly making the best of conditions to have England in trouble with swing.

Nagarajan had Heather Knight (1), Charlotte Edwards (4) and Lydia Greenway (8) trapped in front and Lauren Winfield - one of two players making her debut for England - caught by Karuna Jain for eight.

India, who last played a Test in 2006, which was also against England, handed debuts to no fewer than eight players.

Despite having more experience than the tourists, England could not recover although Sarah Taylor top scored for England with 30, Tamsin Beaumont hit 12 and Natalie Sciver made 10 as their innings lasted just 41.2 overs.

Nagarajan finished with four for 19, Shublakshmi Sharma two for 12, Ekta Bisht one for 11, Jhulan Goswami one for 20 and Shikha Pandey one for 25.

In reply, India reached 40 without loss before losing six wickets for 24 runs as England hauled themselves back into the contest.

Openers Thirush Kamini (17) and Smriti Mandhana (22) prospered before both fell to Jenny Gunn, who also removed captain Mithali Raj for four and Harmanpreet Kaur for nine to finish the day with four for 13.

Kate Cross bowled Poonam Raut for an eight-ball duck and Karu Jain was trapped in front by Anya Shrubsole without scoring.

However, Goswami and Nagarajan, who had bowled so well earlier in the day, then came together to thwart England with the bat, almost taking India into the lead before they closed just five runs behind.

Both players had made 13, Goswami facing 68 balls and Nagarajan 51.

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