Dominant Deepti Sharma 5/7 Guides India to Commanding Position against New Zealand.

Stellar Performance by Deepti Sharma Secures India’s Lead

In a remarkable display of skill, Deepti Sharma’s outstanding spell, claiming an impressive 5/7, propelled India into a commanding position, securing a substantial 292-run lead in the first innings. The day witnessed a total of 19 wickets falling, with spin dominating the proceedings.

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Ecclestone Sets the Tone Early

The tone for the day was set early by Sophie Ecclestone, who took two of the last three wickets, including dismissing overnight batter Deepti Sharma at 60. India, having been dismissed for 428, showed early signs of their strategic use of spin.

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Spin Takes Center Stage

India’s bowlers, particularly Renuka Singh and Pooja Vastrakar, showcased brilliance with the ball. Singh broke through Sophia Dunkley’s defense early on, while Vastrakar contributed both with the ball and in the field, accounting for Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont.

Deepti Sharma’s Pivotal Role

India’s strategy of introducing spin early paid off handsomely, with Deepti Sharma making a significant impact. She dismissed key batters, including Danielle Wyatt, who fell victim to Sharma’s spin, resulting in a dramatic collapse for England.

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England’s Fightback Thwarted

Despite a counterattack from Nat Sciver-Brunt and Danielle Wyatt, India’s strategic bowling changes, including the introduction of Deepti Sharma, led to a collapse. Wyatt was caught at short-leg, triggering a series of wickets as Sharma claimed exceptional figures of 5/7.

India’s Dominance Continues with the Bat

Opting not to enforce the follow-on, India displayed attacking intent with the bat. Smriti Mandhana, with a six off Ecclestone’s first ball in the second innings, set the tone. A 61-run opening stand between Mandhana and Shafali showcased India’s dominance, despite England’s spinners finding their rhythm.

Spinners Strike Back

England’s spinners, led by Charlie Dean, found success as Mandhana, Shafali, Yastika Bhatia, and Jemimah Rodrigues fell victim to their deliveries. Deepti Sharma, missing a sweep, and Sneh Rana, bowled first ball, concluded the day, but not before India’s lead stretched to an imposing 478.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s Resilience

In the absence of Shubha Satheesh, Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten 44 and a vital 53-run partnership with Vastrakar further solidified India’s dominance, culminating in a massive lead of 478 by Stumps on day two.

Brief score – India 428 (Shubha Satheesh 69, Jemima Rodrigues 68, Yastika Bhatia 66, Deepti Sharma 67; Lauren Bell 3-67, Sophie Eccleston 3-91) & 186/6 (Harmanpreet Kaur 44*; Charlie Dean 4-68) lead England 136 all out (Nat Sciver-Brunt 59, Deepti Sharma 5-7) by 478 runs

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