England women lose to India on professional debut

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England's women suffered a six-wicket defeat defeat to India's women in their one-off Test match played at Wormsley.

The game was the first match played by England since turning professional in May.

Tall order

Heading into the fourth and final day India were 119-4, needing 181 to win with six wickets in hand. To win India would have had to chase down the second highest run chase in women's Test history so the outcome of the match was still in the balance.

Indian captain Mithali Raj began the final day on 20 not out, accompanied by night-watchman Shikha Pandey. England new that India's captain stood between them and victory but the Indian captain had other ideas.

Raj fantastic

Raj was unmoved on the final day as she hit an unbeaten 50 and Pandey frustrated the England bowlers with a defiant, but hugely important, 28 as India reached their victory target without any further loss of wickets.

England will be left to rue their first innings collapse on the opening morning of the game which ultimately cost them any chance of victory in the match.

Rusty victory

India will be more than happy with their performance in this Test considering they had not played a Test match since 2006 and have struggled recently in other competitions. England will be very disappointed that their professional debut has ended in defeat.

As well as India reaching their mammoth total the match was also noticeable for the amount of lbws. In all there were 20 during the Test.

Now England must pick themselves up as they take on India in three ODIs and then they play South Africa in three T20s.

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