England 139 for six in first Test against India

Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Indian bowlers made life difficult for their hosts and England women's team huffed and puffed their way to a painstaking 139 for six in 55.2 overs on the opening day of the first Test at Grace Road here today.

England captain Charlotte Edwards' decision to bat first boomeranged with the hosts losing four wickets before lunch.

Head coach Richard Bates inducted uncapped duo of Sarah Taylor and Laura Marsh in the side for the match.

England lost opener and vice captain Laura Newton (4) early when Amita Sharma removed her caught behind before captain Edwards (16) and Claire Taylor (32) tried to stem the rot and put up 36 runs for the second wicket when Rumeli Dhar trapped the former plumb in front to reduce England to 51 for two.

Another 10 runs and England lost well-set Taylor who tried to hit Nooshin Al Khadeer and holed out to Anjum Chopra after an impressive 50-ball knock of 32 which included six hits to the fence.

Jhulan Goswami's two-wicket burst -- Sarah Taylor (9) and Rosalie Birch (0) were the victims -- pinned down the hosts even though Caroline Atkins (36 not out) stood her ground to wage a grim battle and giving her company was Beth Morgan on 18.

Brief score: England 1st innings 139 for six in 55.2 overs (Claire Taylor 32, Carolin Atkinson 36 not out, Jhulan Goswami 2/21)

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