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Shafali Verma leads India fightback as England Women enforce follow on

Shafali Verma leads India fightback as England Women enforce follow on
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Opener Verma's second half-century of the match followed early wickets for England spinner Sophie Ecclestone.

Shafali Verma again showcased her quality with the bat after England enforced the follow on, with India finishing the day 83 for one on a rain-affected day three of the women's Test at Bristol.

Verma looked comfortable at the crease, despite the wind, rain and overcast conditions for the England seam bowlers, striking the ball cleanly during her 55, which included 11 fours from 68 balls.

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

Before the delays, England had started the third day in the same way they finished the second, taking five cheap wickets to bowl India out for 231 as the tourists were forced to follow on.

Sophie Ecclestone claimed the first three wickets to fall on Friday morning 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 world's number one T20 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.

Sophie Ecclestone, centre left, appeals for the wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur
Sophie Ecclestone, centre left, appeals for the wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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.

Anya Shrubsole then took the final wicket of the innings, bowling Jhulan Goswami, before Knight enforced the follow on with India 165 runs behind.

Verma, who made 96 in the first innings, again looked to dominate at the start of the second and stroked the experienced Brunt and Shrubsole around the ground to reach 20 before lunch.

In the final over before the break, Smriti Mandhana edged Brunt to Nat Sciver at second slip to see India go into the break 29 for one, 136 behind.

Verma was on 41 when she offered up the first half-chance of her innings when she edged behind off Kate Cross, but neither wicketkeeper Amy Jones nor first slip were able to get a hand to it.

The period after lunch was dominated by rain delays but Verma managed to demonstrate her class, playing the England seamers with ease to reach her second half-century of the game.

England took no more wickets after the lunch break, with India 83 for one at tea before the rain came down once more and play was halted for good.

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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
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

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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