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Shafali Verma’s Double Century Leads India to Record-Breaking Day in Women’s Test Cricket

On a remarkable Friday at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium, young Indian opener Shafali Verma etched her name in the annals of cricket history with a record-breaking double century against South Africa in the one-off Test match.

Shafali’s Spectacular Innings

A New Record Holder

  • Shafali scored 205 runs off just 194 balls
  • Broke the record for fastest double century in women’s Test cricket
  • Previous record: Annabel Sutherland (Australia) – 248 balls

Milestone Achievements

  • Second Indian woman to score a Test double century after Mithali Raj
  • Hit 23 boundaries and 8 sixes
  • Previous Test best was 96 runs

India’s Dominant Day

Team Records Tumble

  • India scored 525/4 in a single day
  • Broke the 89-year-old record of 431/2 set by England in 1935
  • First team to cross 500 runs in a single day of women’s Test cricket

Powerful Partnerships

  • Shafali and Smriti Mandhana’s 292-run opening partnership
  • India’s highest partnership for any wicket in women’s Tests
  • Second-highest partnership in women’s Test cricket history

Other Notable Performances

Smriti Mandhana’s Contribution

  • Scored 149 runs
  • Her personal best in Test cricket (previous best: 127)

Supporting Cast

  • Jemimah Rodrigues: 55 runs
  • Harmanpreet Kaur: 42 not out
  • Richa Ghosh: 43 not out

The Match Situation

Winning the Toss

  • India elected to bat first
  • Took full advantage of familiar conditions

South Africa’s Struggles

  • Inexperienced bowling attack
  • Spinners particularly struggled on the easy-paced pitch

Breaking Down the Day’s Play

Morning Session

  • India raced to 130/0 at lunch
  • Set the tone for the day’s dominance

Afternoon Session

  • Both Shafali and Mandhana reached their centuries
  • Partnership grew to 292 runs before Mandhana’s dismissal

Evening Session

  • Shafali completed her historic double century
  • India continued to pile on the runs

The Significance of the Achievement

For Shafali Verma

  • Youngest Indian to score a Test double century
  • Showcased her ability to convert aggressive batting to the long format

For Indian Women’s Cricket

  • Demonstrates the team’s growing prowess in Test cricket
  • Sets a new benchmark for batting performance

In the Context of Women’s Cricket

  • Pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in women’s Test cricket
  • Likely to inspire future generations of cricketers

Looking Ahead

The Rest of the Match

  • Strong position for India to push for a victory
  • Challenge for South Africa to respond to this massive total

Future Prospects

  • Shafali’s innings could be a career-defining moment
  • Potential for more records to be broken as the match progresses

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