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Late Strikes Leave Test In The Balance

Kate Cross celebrates the wicket of Smriti Mandhana
Kate Cross celebrates the wicket of Smriti Mandhana
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Jenny Gunn hit an unbeaten half-century to give England an 180-run lead
Jenny Gunn hit an unbeaten half-century to give England an 180-run lead
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England Women 92 & 202 (Gunn 62no) v
India Women 114 & 119-4 (Mandhana 51)
Only Test, Wormsley, day three

England Women took three late wickets to keep their Test match against India Women at Wormsley in the balance going into the final day.

Jenny Gunn's unbeaten half-century helped England post 202 in their second innings and gain a lead of 180, before India closed on 119 for four.

Smriti Mandhana made 51 before Kate Cross (3-35) dismissed her and Harmanpreet Kaur (0) towards the end of the day.

India need a further 62 runs to win the game with England chasing another six wickets.

England resumed 88 runs ahead on 110 for six and thanks to Gunn's 62 not out in 181 balls, they built a lead to set India a testing target.

Sarah Taylor added 10 runs to make 40 before she was bowled by Shubhlakshmi Sharma.

Jhulan Goswami struck to remove Anya Shrubsole for 14 and Sonia Odedra for one, both bowled and England's innings closed when Cross was caught by Karuna Jain off Shikha Pandey for two.

India's openers Mandhana and Thirush Kamini put on 76 together until their stand was broken by Cross, who trapped Kamini in front for 28.

Mandhana fell six runs later, soon after passing a half-century, although India looked to be recovering well with Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut (16) at the crease.

England forced their way back into the game, however, when Heather Knight had Raut caught by Gunn and Kaur, who was earlier reprimanded for showing dissent in the first innings, was caught by Taylor off Cross.

Raj made her way to 20 not out with Pandey alongside her yet to score.

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