Mithali Raj Guides India To Victory

India Women celebrate their Test victory over England at Wormsley
India Women celebrate their Test victory over England at Wormsley
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India Women 114 & 183-4 (Mandhana 51) beat
England Women 92 & 202 by six wickets
Only Test, Wormsley

Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten half-century before Shikha Pandey hit the winning runs as India Women beat England Women by six wickets in their one-off Test at Wormsley.

Raj made 50 in 157 balls and Pandey 28 in 106 as India batted patiently to score the runs they needed on the final day without losing a wicket.

They resumed on 119 for four chasing 181 to win but thanks to Raj and Pandey, England's late wickets on day three proved to be in vain.

The pair extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 68 when Pandey hit the winning runs.

This was India's first Test match since 2006, when they beat England at Taunton, and their win is all the more impressive given that eight of their players were making their debuts.

Nagarajan Niranjana's four wickets helped England dismiss England for 92 in the first innings before a lead was secured by a score of 114 all out.

Jenny Gunn's 62 not out and five-wicket haul in India's first innings earned her the player-of-the-match award and set India a testing target.

Smriti Mandhana's 51 then gave them the platform from which Raj and Pandey were able to finish off the job.

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