Taniya Bhatia catch: The Indian wicket-keeper continued her superb day behind the wickets to end a potentially dangerous opening stand.
During the first day of the ongoing one-off Test between England Women and India Women in Bristol, India wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia grabbed a remarkable catch to dismiss England opening batter Lauren Winfield-Hill.
Playing only her first Test, Bhatia continued her superb day behind the wickets as she was seen collecting the ball cleanly whilst keeping up to pacers earlier in the first session.
Given how Tammy Beaumont and Winfield-Hill had started to collect runs without much discomfort in a 69-run opening partnership, it was imperative for the visitors to pick their first wicket after being asked to bowl first by England captain Heather Knight.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 21st over when Winfield-Hill’s attempt of driving a fuller delivery by India pacer Pooja Vastrakar saw her outside edging the delivery towards the right of Bhatia.
In what was a full-length dive, the 23-year old player did her best to send back Winfield-Hill. Been previously dropped by Smriti Mandhana at first slip off Jhulan Goswami, Winfield-Hill walked back to the pavilion after scoring 35 (63) with the help of four fours and two sixes.
Apart from Bhatia, India also handed respective debuts to the likes of Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana and Vastrakar. As far as the hosts are concerned, they included a lone debutant in Sophia Dunkley.
Taniya Bhatia catch vs England
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How Twitterati reacted:
Just got home from football training to turn on the television and moments later see Pooja Vastrakar get the first wicket of the match. And a beautiful catch behind the stumps by Bhatia. 👏🏼 #ENGvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) June 16, 2021
Sharp catch by Bhatia, Vastrakar reaping the benefit of tempting Winfield-Hill to play at that length. #ENGWvINDW
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) June 16, 2021
Pooja Vastrakarrrrr! Excellent catch by Taniya Bhatia to open her Test account. Big strike, Lauren Winfield-Hill has to depart. #ENGvIND
— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) June 16, 2021
Debutant Pooja Vastrakar dismissed Lauren Winfield-Hill beautifully caught by debutant Taniya Bhatia #ENGWvINDW
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) June 16, 2021
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