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Shafali Verma’s Record-Breaking Double Century Highlights India’s Dominance in Women’s Test Against South Africa



Shafali Verma's Record Breaking Double Century Highlights India's Dominance In Women's Test Against South Africa

India women’s cricket team witnessed an exceptional display of batting prowess as opener Shafali Verma scripted history with a remarkable double century against South Africa in the one-off Test match held in Chennai. Verma’s blazing innings, fueled by a combination of aggressive strokeplay and unwavering determination, set new benchmarks in women’s cricket.

Verma’s explosive knock, characterized by 23 boundaries and eight massive sixes, propelled India to a mammoth total of 525 for 4 at the end of day one’s play. The highlight of her innings was reaching the double century milestone off just 194 deliveries, setting a new world record for the fastest double century in women’s Test cricket.

Her incredible achievement saw her become only the second Indian woman, after the legendary Mithali Raj, to achieve a double century in women’s Test cricket. Mithali’s historic double ton dates back to 2002, underlining the rarity and significance of such a feat in the longer format of the game.

Shafali Verma’s explosive show at the crease was well-supported by her opening partner, Smriti Mandhana, who also shone with a brilliant innings of 149 runs off 161 deliveries. The duo’s staggering 292-run partnership marked a new record for the highest opening stand in women’s Test cricket history.

In addition to Verma’s and Mandhana’s heroics, Jemimah Rodrigues played a vital role with a solid contribution of 55 runs, further solidifying India’s dominance in the match. At the close of play, the Indian women’s team was in a commanding position, with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (42*) and Richa Ghosh (43*) holding fort at the crease.

Not only did India set a daunting total on day one, but they also broke an 89-year-old record for the most runs scored in a single day in women’s Tests. The previous record of 431/2 by England women against New Zealand in 1935 was surpassed by a margin of 94 runs, highlighting the historic significance of India’s batting display.

As the second day of the Test match beckons, all eyes will be on how India’s formidable line-up continues to press their advantage against South Africa, as they aim to dominate proceedings and set the stage for a resounding victory.

Rachel Adams

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