England continue to struggle

Sarah Taylor led the England fightback on day two against India

Sarah Taylor led the England fightback on day two against India

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A two-and-a-half-hour rain delay and a middle-order collapse hampered England women's progress on day two of their one-off four-day Test against India at Wormsley.

Having restricted India to 114 in their reply to their paltry first innings effort of 92 on Wednesday, when no fewer than 16 wickets fell, England made steady second-innings progress to 73 for three before the heavens opened around 3pm on the second day.

Play did not get back under way until 5.30pm and England lost three further wickets for the addition of just 11 runs before Sarah Taylor led the England fightback as the hosts finished the day on 110 for six - a lead of 88 runs.

Earlier, Jenny Gunn bowled well to secure a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as England limited India's first innings lead to just 22 runs.

Their second innings began disastrously when Heather Knight was caught behind off Jhulan Goswami (two for 22) with the second ball of the innings and Ekta Bisht (two for 15) pinned Tammy Beaumont lbw for 12 a short while later.

Test debutant Laura Winfield batted well in making 35 but she too was trapped lbw before the rain came.

India snared two wickets in the first eight balls after the restart as Charlotte Edwards (20) and Lydia Greenway (one) fell to Bisht and Goswami respectively.

Natalie Sciver then fell for three to leave England floundering on 84 for six.

Wicketkeeper Taylor added some much-needed steel to England's innings and, with number eight Gunn (two not out) providing solid support at the other end, she patiently compiled an unbeaten 30 to complete a revival of sorts before stumps.

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