A commanding bowling display by the home team resulted in India adding 44 runs to their overnight total of 187 runs in the first innings. The visiting side endured a horrific start after vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur was adjudged plumb in front of the wicket off her first ball on Day 3.
After a solid opening stand of 167 runs, the team collapsed to 231 all out in the first innings, losing ten wickets for 64 runs.
With overcast conditions on offer, England decided to enforce a follow on with 165 runs ahead.
Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma's successful opening combination failed to lay a solid foundation in the second innings, with the southpaw caught at the second slip off Katherine Brunt.
The experienced new ball bowlers steaming in, debutants Deepti Sharma and Shafali Verma, steadied the innings. Deepti, after her impressive knock of unbeaten 29, was promoted up the order to bat at number three.
Despite the day being interrupted due to rain on numerous occasions, the shining light for the Indian team was Shafali Verma. The 17-year-old is the youngest player to score twin half-centuries on Test debut.
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The Indian side ended day three with 83 runs for the loss of one wicket in the second innings, with Shafali unbeaten on 55 runs.
The Test match is played across four days, a norm for women's cricket and tomorrow promises to be an exciting contest with the home team in a commanding position.
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