England v India, only women's Test, Wormsley, 4th day August 16, 2014

India complete landmark victory

Melinda Farrell at Wormsley
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India Women 114 (Gunn 5-19) and 183 for 4 (Mandhana 51, Raj 50*) beat England Women 92 (Niranjana 4-19) and 202 (Gunn 62*, Taylor 40, Goswami 4-48) by six wickets
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Farrell: Remarkable victory for Indian women

When India Women secured their first ever Test victory against England it was Mithali Raj who hit the winning runs.

So there was a fitting symmetry that, eight years later, the Indian captain was unbeaten again and, while she did not score the final runs this time around, she was the key figure in the middle as she guided her team to another historic win.

Raj did it in magnificent style, playing an assured and intelligent innings alongside Shikha Pandey, as she calmly lifted the game out of England's reach on the final morning of the standalone Test at Wormsley.

India's requirement of a further 62 may have looked relatively simple, particularly with six wickets in hand on a flattening pitch, but in the context of this low-scoring match it was no surprise that Raj admitted to feeling nervous overnight.

Raj teased and frustrated England by consistently angling the bat and guiding the ball to third man with soft hands. When England put in a slip, she simply adjusted her timing and found the gap.

As victory drew closer she refused to give in to temptation, patiently taking the singles and waiting for her opportunity to strike. With nine runs needed she drove imperiously to the boundary and then brought up her half-century with another single. The match was hers.

She gave her opponents one chance, dropped when she smashed a Jenny Gunn delivery to Charlotte Edwards.

It was particularly unfortunate for Gunn, whose five-wicket haul and second innings half-century deservedly earned her the player of the match award.

As the England players watched the match slip away the Indian contingent hovered with evident excitement by the boundary. When Pandey dispatched Nat Sciver through the covers to pass the target her team-mates were halfway to the wicket before the ball had crossed the rope, mobbing their captain in delight as they celebrated victory in a format that is so rare.

"On a personal note, when I played the last Test and I got to know we wouldn't be playing any more it was sad for me," Raj said. "As a cricketer, you want to play more Test matches as it will challenge all your endurance levels. It's challenging but I am very happy that before I hang up my boots I got to win another Test."

The final two days were in stark contrast to the first two. The toss proved vital and Raj, who joked afterwards that she hardly ever chooses the right side of the coin, was given a huge advantage when she was able to give her bowlers the chance to attack with the seaming ball on a pitch that proved to be a minefield for the batsmen in the early sessions.

Edwards acknowledged after the match that few sides can go on to secure victory after making a first innings total of 92.

"We didn't play good options when we were batting," Edwards said. "I think they bowled well. Sometimes credit has to go to the opposition. Some of the decisions didn't go our way as well so that combined meant that we didn't quite get ourselves into the game."

But this match, along with the upcoming three one-day internationals between the two sides, need to be seen in a wider context.

There was far more at stake here than a winning total on a scorecard. This was a semi-professional team, containing eight debutants, taking on a well-supported England side whose players are centrally contracted and recently attracted stand-alone sponsorship.

It was a team whose players were on foreign soil, most of them experiencing English conditions for the first time and, ultimately, adapting better than their opponents.

And it was a team that must be aware that, by beating a well-resourced and highly fancied England side, questions should be raised as to why the world's richest cricket board is lagging behind their less wealthy counterparts in rewarding their players.

"Once you start playing well, you will get more support," Raj said. "I'm sure that if we start winning matches and bigger series the BCCI will someday take up this issue of payment."

For the sake of the future of women's cricket in India, one can only hope the right people are paying attention.

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  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | August 18, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    BCCI should support women's cricket in India, they should shelve the step-motherly attitude meted out to them. Instead of spending lavishly on these good for nothing men's cricket team they should spend at least a quarter of the sum for women's cricket. They need encouragement and PLEASE, PLEASE FOR INDIA'S SAKE SCRAP THIS CIRCUS OF IPL which is killing Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY manishgajjar on | August 18, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    this is most embarrassing for the Indian men cricket team as they loose the series with no fight. I heartly congratulates the Indian women cricket team for there great win in england.

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | August 17, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Please recall the men's team and send the women's team for the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Congratulations India and good on you Suda it is not easy to win a Test, but to win one in England is a fantastic achievement, Well done

  • POSTED BY Dysan25 on | August 17, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Considering the fantastic form of the English Women's Cricket Team (Winning the Ashes and incredible performances last year), it's heartening to see Indian Women's Cricket Team beat them convincingly, that too with 8 debutantes. They deserve to play more Matches in the future. Here's wishing them good luck for the upcoming matches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    How does the womens team without a test in 8 years and 8 debutantes beat a world class English team and the men with unlimited resources, over the top coverage and massive ego get beat by innings defeat after defeat?

    The answer lies in determination and desire! Enough said.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    They need to support Women's Cricket. The Women should be able to play Ranji Trophy, alongside men, if they are good. The Women can only get better, this way.

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | August 17, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    It is not often that cricinfo publishes my comments even when there are few others. Could be my comments are too acidic at times, but then I expect Cricinfo to have the stomach to print them, so I hope You do. That said, FIRSTLY - KUDOS to the Indian Women's team for their great achievement. The Indian men's team could do well to take a leaf out of the Women's book. SECONDLY - I believe Mr. Gavaskar is still at the helm of the BCCI affair's - I pray that he take this opportunity for some historic action in support of the women's cricket. All the BCCI and other Cricket admin in India really care for is power play. No wonder Indian women are playing a Test after 8 years! It is unfortunate that BCCI does so little - since as it is the dice is heavily loaded against women and they usually have to put in twice the effort in life to break thru all the resistance to get the deserved opportunities. SO BCCI - please take a small step to advance a giant step for Women's cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Congratulations ladies!!. I knew a lot depended on Mithali Raj to secure victory for India once the openers fell, but credit should also go to a debutant like Shikha Pandey who played her part supporting Raj till victory was assured. Credit should also go to the openers Mandhana and Kamini for having laid a solid platform in the chase. Actually credit should go to the whole team (a semi professional team containing 8 debutants) who played as a unit where each one played their part in securing this fantastic victory and that too in England. Now, the BCCI should give you more chances and as Melinda Farrell says "by beating a well-resourced and highly fancied England side, questions should be raised as to why the world's richest cricket board is lagging behind their less wealthy counterparts in rewarding their players". The BCCI should invest on you ladies rather than the overhyped Indian men's team. You deserve it. Hope you can take this momentum into the ODI's as well. All the best.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 16, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    BCCI take note - This team deserves recognition. WELL DONE to RAJ and team. Maybe the mens team can wake out of their slumber and achieve victory thru sheer determination.

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | August 18, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    BCCI should support women's cricket in India, they should shelve the step-motherly attitude meted out to them. Instead of spending lavishly on these good for nothing men's cricket team they should spend at least a quarter of the sum for women's cricket. They need encouragement and PLEASE, PLEASE FOR INDIA'S SAKE SCRAP THIS CIRCUS OF IPL which is killing Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY manishgajjar on | August 18, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    this is most embarrassing for the Indian men cricket team as they loose the series with no fight. I heartly congratulates the Indian women cricket team for there great win in england.

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | August 17, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Please recall the men's team and send the women's team for the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Congratulations India and good on you Suda it is not easy to win a Test, but to win one in England is a fantastic achievement, Well done

  • POSTED BY Dysan25 on | August 17, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Considering the fantastic form of the English Women's Cricket Team (Winning the Ashes and incredible performances last year), it's heartening to see Indian Women's Cricket Team beat them convincingly, that too with 8 debutantes. They deserve to play more Matches in the future. Here's wishing them good luck for the upcoming matches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    How does the womens team without a test in 8 years and 8 debutantes beat a world class English team and the men with unlimited resources, over the top coverage and massive ego get beat by innings defeat after defeat?

    The answer lies in determination and desire! Enough said.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    They need to support Women's Cricket. The Women should be able to play Ranji Trophy, alongside men, if they are good. The Women can only get better, this way.

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | August 17, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    It is not often that cricinfo publishes my comments even when there are few others. Could be my comments are too acidic at times, but then I expect Cricinfo to have the stomach to print them, so I hope You do. That said, FIRSTLY - KUDOS to the Indian Women's team for their great achievement. The Indian men's team could do well to take a leaf out of the Women's book. SECONDLY - I believe Mr. Gavaskar is still at the helm of the BCCI affair's - I pray that he take this opportunity for some historic action in support of the women's cricket. All the BCCI and other Cricket admin in India really care for is power play. No wonder Indian women are playing a Test after 8 years! It is unfortunate that BCCI does so little - since as it is the dice is heavily loaded against women and they usually have to put in twice the effort in life to break thru all the resistance to get the deserved opportunities. SO BCCI - please take a small step to advance a giant step for Women's cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Congratulations ladies!!. I knew a lot depended on Mithali Raj to secure victory for India once the openers fell, but credit should also go to a debutant like Shikha Pandey who played her part supporting Raj till victory was assured. Credit should also go to the openers Mandhana and Kamini for having laid a solid platform in the chase. Actually credit should go to the whole team (a semi professional team containing 8 debutants) who played as a unit where each one played their part in securing this fantastic victory and that too in England. Now, the BCCI should give you more chances and as Melinda Farrell says "by beating a well-resourced and highly fancied England side, questions should be raised as to why the world's richest cricket board is lagging behind their less wealthy counterparts in rewarding their players". The BCCI should invest on you ladies rather than the overhyped Indian men's team. You deserve it. Hope you can take this momentum into the ODI's as well. All the best.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 16, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    BCCI take note - This team deserves recognition. WELL DONE to RAJ and team. Maybe the mens team can wake out of their slumber and achieve victory thru sheer determination.

  • POSTED BY howzat86 on | August 16, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    This is a fantastic result for the Indian women's cricket team however this is a team who hasn't played a test match for 8 years and 8 of their players were making debuts also they won this match fairly comfortable despite playing in English conditions seam friendly pitches for them its unknown conditions but made good use of it.

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | August 16, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Those millionaire men have been preaching some sham, 'the journey is more important than the destination'. The women have pointed out that it is the destination, stupid. Hope the future BCCI contracts will not mean playing endless cricket and suffering burnout. More importantly, hope the women don't make a buddy cabal, where it is difficult to throw the non performers out.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 16, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Congratulation ladies! Fantastic achievement for India. Only if our spineless men's team can learn from you....

  • POSTED BY TomDeSailor on | August 16, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Congratz girls...................

  • POSTED BY HolyShmoly on | August 16, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    No pun intended, can we have Indian women's team replace the men's team? After all, it can't be any worse.

  • POSTED BY sepultura.31 on | August 16, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Congratulations ladies!! I hope BCCI notices this and gives you more chances and stop investing their time and money in the gutless men's team.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 16, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    welldone! you showed the men team that you are rockets and they are balloons who can only fly in their own atmosphere and outside that they blow uop like they are nothing.... hats off ladies....

  • POSTED BY Karthik78 on | August 16, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Problem is with our INDIAN MANAGEMENT. India have lot of good players either in women/men/A team or U19 teams. Only thing is, they need to be rotated prperly. Else, it will be big failure like our senior MEN team. Though we have enough good players to replace entire senior team, BCCI or captain is not doing anything to replace even one.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Well done ladia You have shown that you are better than your male counterparts.You have made our day and made us feel proud.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | August 16, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Well done ladies! Maybe our men's team can learn a thing or two from you all in how you fought for your win with true grit & sheer determination. Hopefully BCCI will now sit up & notice your abilities & talents a lot more.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Well done girls.. You've proven that central contracts don't bring the team victory.. You've done us proud where the men's team has made us laughing stock.. Well done, n hope BCCI is taking due note n will do something to promote the team...

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Great win for the ladies against so many odds! Shame on BCCI to not have a test match jotted down for this team and not having any contracts for the players. Hopefully, this win makes them sit up and take notice. After all the storyline of "Chak De! India" is not very different from the reality in India

  • POSTED BY Passionate_Cricketer on | August 16, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Well done Girls!!! You made us proud. I hope Men's team learn a lesson or two from you all. There is a reason why this format of cricket is called "TEST". It an ultimate proof of one's cricketing skill. Very happy for you all.... Keep going... Best wishes for future games.

  • POSTED BY Retour on | August 16, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Congrats! You have made India proud. May be the Men's team can take a leaf out of your book.

  • POSTED BY raviscreen on | August 16, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Hope that the Indian men draw inspiration from and turn the Oval match around with Aswin securing the man of the match award.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 16, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Good job ladies. Now please pass on the attitude to the guys!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Congrats, at least this will give us some pride when our men's team struggling to save the current test match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Its good but in my view Women's cricket has not got huge appeal. I mean if you can see the bowl swish around at 150 Ks why would you want to watch 130Ks at best. Also the sixes will never be that good. The only thing is fight shown by two team otherwise it will be boring. Cricket can also not be compared with athletics were women are able to hold their own and amaze us with their ability. Soccer, cricket are not games with huge public appeal but they should be played in any case because sport is played for sportsmen and not audience.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Well done Mithali great going

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Well done ladies , you make us proud.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    What a test, very well deserved win for India women team, Congrats. Why Indian board is concentrating more on Indian men team, why are they not focussing more on India women team. Indian men team should learn from the Indian women team and a spirit Indian women team has got. Expectations grow more on Indian women ODI, as England women is difficult to beat on ODI. All the very best team, do well in ODI, if we beat them in ODI then it would be awesome.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 16, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Wonderful, they have given dhawan and jadeja a very close shave, hopefully their fortunes turn by this ritual. Timing of the win is perfect given that fans were raising fingers on india's test future.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | August 16, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    It has been a great competitive test match. The shame is, it was not broadcasted. I think, most people would have liked to watch it instead of the men's one-sided affair. Congrats, India!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 16, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    May the women's team efforts inspire the men's team of India. Congrats

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 16, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    bravo..... Dhoni & Team ...take away from this great victory by Indian women team

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 16, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    they are superb! they deserve a lot more

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    congrats! would be watching your games from now rather than this mediocre Men cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Congrats to Indian Women's Team for a great victory in England.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | August 16, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Congratulations. Well done to the team and Mithali.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Congrats to Indian Women's Team for a landmark victory in England. My sympathy and unwavering support for men's team currently struggling in England.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Well done. All debutants will feel proud for upholding the honour of our country

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    welldone mithali

  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | August 16, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    I would like to congratulate the Indian Women Team, which defeated the English Team by 6 wickets with two sessions to spare. Our team were the underdogs in this match. They have at least held the Indian Flag high where as their male counterparts are plunging to one defeat and another. Ladies are being paid penuts as compared to their male counterparts, but the way Mithali Raj and debutant Shikha Pandey applied themselves on the last day should be an object lesson for Dhoni's men. The last thee tests remind me of the Indian Tea which toured England in 1952. Except for 'Mankad's Test' which we also lost, in balance three matches, our batting line up crumbled against Trueman and Bedser. We would have lost the last match also after being shot out for 98 replying to England's 326 for 6 decl., had rain not intervened. I feel pity for the women's cricket team because their victory will cover less space in newspaper than Dhoni's defeat. A.K.Srivastava, Salboni

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    A comfortable win for Indian women, when men are struggling against England. Well done. An Indian should have been named woman of the match. Gunn would have played well, but she has not contributed enough to win the match.

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | August 16, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Congrats to the women's team. Guess the men's team can take a leaf out of their book.

  • POSTED BY virendra_s on | August 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Congrats.well done!way better then men's team.

  • POSTED BY PaddynairBlr on | August 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    A quite magnificent achievvement and performance.It begs the question-Are we playing too much on the Men's side ? This non stop circuit dulls the appetite and replaces quality with quantity.That is what is happening to India-An endless series of T-20's and one day matches

    Hopefully this victory would push the Women's game in India and give them more incentives.I would liken this to the 1971 victory of the men's team in England.Their two star players Mithali Raj & Jhulan Goswami-the Gavaskar & Kapil Dev of Women's cricket came good.WELL DONE !

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  • POSTED BY PaddynairBlr on | August 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    A quite magnificent achievvement and performance.It begs the question-Are we playing too much on the Men's side ? This non stop circuit dulls the appetite and replaces quality with quantity.That is what is happening to India-An endless series of T-20's and one day matches

    Hopefully this victory would push the Women's game in India and give them more incentives.I would liken this to the 1971 victory of the men's team in England.Their two star players Mithali Raj & Jhulan Goswami-the Gavaskar & Kapil Dev of Women's cricket came good.WELL DONE !

  • POSTED BY virendra_s on | August 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Congrats.well done!way better then men's team.

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | August 16, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Congrats to the women's team. Guess the men's team can take a leaf out of their book.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    A comfortable win for Indian women, when men are struggling against England. Well done. An Indian should have been named woman of the match. Gunn would have played well, but she has not contributed enough to win the match.

  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | August 16, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    I would like to congratulate the Indian Women Team, which defeated the English Team by 6 wickets with two sessions to spare. Our team were the underdogs in this match. They have at least held the Indian Flag high where as their male counterparts are plunging to one defeat and another. Ladies are being paid penuts as compared to their male counterparts, but the way Mithali Raj and debutant Shikha Pandey applied themselves on the last day should be an object lesson for Dhoni's men. The last thee tests remind me of the Indian Tea which toured England in 1952. Except for 'Mankad's Test' which we also lost, in balance three matches, our batting line up crumbled against Trueman and Bedser. We would have lost the last match also after being shot out for 98 replying to England's 326 for 6 decl., had rain not intervened. I feel pity for the women's cricket team because their victory will cover less space in newspaper than Dhoni's defeat. A.K.Srivastava, Salboni

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    welldone mithali

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Well done. All debutants will feel proud for upholding the honour of our country

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Congrats to Indian Women's Team for a landmark victory in England. My sympathy and unwavering support for men's team currently struggling in England.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | August 16, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Congratulations. Well done to the team and Mithali.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Congrats to Indian Women's Team for a great victory in England.