Updated December 16th, 2023 at 13:21 IST

India Women's Team creates history, crushes ENG by the biggest victory margin in test format

With a decisive victory over England in the one-off test match, the Indian Women's Cricket Team celebrate as they create history.

Reported by: Pavitra Shome
India Women's Cricket Team celebrate after winning the one-off test match vs England | Image:BCCI
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The Indian Women's Cricket Team have a new reason to celebrate as they secure a win over England in the one-off test match at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. The Women's team stood strong against the English as they put in a massive score of 428 & 186/6 (D). The visitors fell rather drastically as they could not reach the target, and Team India secured a massive victory.

Three things you need to know

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  • India Women's Team came off a T20I series loss to England Women's
  • India hosted England in a one-off test series at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai
  • The Indian women's Cricket Team made history with their win over England 

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IND-W make history after crushing ENG-W

It is a moment of celebration for the Indian Women's Cricket Team as they secured a massive win over England in the one-off test match. the 347-run victory is the biggest ever victory margin by runs in women's test cricket. Team India have bettered Sri Lanka’s 309-run victory over Pakistan in April 1998.

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The Indian bowlers led by off-spinner Deepti Sharma (4/32) and pacer Pooja Vastrakar (3/23) then bundled out England for 131 to celebrate a victory. It was also India's first win over England at home in 15 Tests, having beaten them in away games twice in 2014, giving them a big boost ahead of the one-off Test against Australia starting here next week.

The Indian Women's Cricket Team lift the trophy after winning the one-off test match | Image: BCCI

It was also India's first win over England at home in 15 Tests, having beaten them in away games twice in 2014, giving them a big boost ahead of the one-off Test against Australia starting here next week. 

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England sunk deeper after suffering twin blows in Vastrakar’s first over. Sophie Dunkley (15) played one straight into the hands of substitute Harleen Deol at gully. The pacer then dealt England a body blow when she cleaned up first-innings star Nat Sciver-Brunt for a first-ball duck, getting the ball to nip back in and passing it through between the bat and the pad.

It was a perfect outing for India also given that all their debutants in the game — Shubha Satheesh, Rodrigues and Renuka — tasted success, but there also was a dampener in the form of Shubha missing the action on the second and the third day owing to a fractured finger.

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Harmanpreet Kaur hails the squad, applauds Vastrakar 

After the match, India caprain Harmanpreet Kaur shared her words of appreciation for the team. She specifically hailed Pooja Vastrakar's bowling spell that shunted the england Women's Cricket Team. She said:

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Feels great. it shows how we can win the game. everything went to plan and credit goes to every member of the team. Definitely it was a plan to bowl to England like that. we had prepared accordingly. Every player performed their role.

The first 40 minutes were very crucial and we thought if we can get 3-4 wickets. that can help us win the game. I know I'll get more chances to score half-centuries and centuries in the future. Pooja was outstanding. every bowler who got the chance played their role very well.

The Indian Women's squad will now go against Australia in an all-format series, and they will face off in a one-off test match on December 21st at the Wankhede Stadium. This will be followed by three ODIs and then three T20I matches.

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(With PTI Inputs)

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 12:13 IST