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England vs. India day three: Knight enforces follow-on as rain stops play

England vs. India day three: Knight enforces follow-on as rain stops play
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Rain brought about an early finish after the India opener's second half-century of the Test.

Rain which had been forecast since the beginning of England Women's one-off Test brought an early end to play on the third day with India 83 for one.

The day's play was abandoned just before 5.30pm with no play possible since the tea break.

England claimed five early wickets before Heather Knight enforced the follow-on, with India closing 82 runs behind England's first-innings total of 396.

Verma shows her class

India's Shafali Verma struck a comfortable half century on a rain-affected day in Bristol
India's Shafali Verma struck a comfortable half-century on a rain-affected day in Bristol (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Shafali Verma showcased her quality with the bat for the second time in the match, bringing up another half-century at the Bristol County Ground.

The 17-year-old again looked comfortable at the crease despite the rain and overcast conditions for the England seam bowlers, striking the ball cleanly during her 55 which included 11 fours from 68 balls.

Though the format was different, the world's number one Twenty20 batter had an interesting contest against her counterpart in the bowling ranks, Sophie Ecclestone.

Rain affects play

Rain brought an early end to day three of the Test match in Bristol
Rain brought an early end to day three of the Test match in Bristol (Zac Goodwin/PA)

England managed to enforce the follow-on before the first delay to the game, and even claim their first wicket of the second innings before the weather had its say.

Despite a brief period after lunch when the players were allowed to return to the field, the game was called off shortly before 5.30 with 108 overs scheduled for the final day.

Ecclestone makes early inroads

England's Sophie Ecclestone claimed three wickets at the start of day three as India were bowled out for 231 in the first innings
England's Sophie Ecclestone claimed three wickets at the start of day three as India were bowled out for 231 in the first innings (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Ecclestone claimed the first three wickets to fall on Friday morning, finishing with four for 88 as India, who had been 167 without loss at one stage on day two, were dismissed before lunch at the Bristol County Ground.

The first two were both lbw, including a player review, as India slumped to 187 for seven without having added to their overnight total.

Heather Knight had taken two for one from six overs the night before but it was the higher-rated spinner who did the damage inside the opening 40 minutes this morning to send back Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia and Sneh Rana to finish with figures of four for 88.

England also struck immediately with the new ball, Katherine Brunt claiming the wicket of Pooja Vastrakar for 12 with a good delivery that just clipped the bails, before Anya Shrubsole then took the final wicket of the innings.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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