Shafali Verma Steals the Show with Record-Breaking Double Hundred

The opening day of the historic one-off Test between India and South Africa belonged entirely to the young Indian opener, Shafali Verma. Not only did she notch up her maiden Test century, but she went on to achieve the remarkable feat of the fastest double century in the history of women’s Test cricket.

Dominant Opening Partnership Sets the Tone

Electing to bat first, India got off to a flying start with both Verma and Smriti Mandhana finding the boundary with ease. While Mandhana played a more measured innings, Verma was in an aggressive mood from the outset. The duo piled on the runs at a brisk pace, putting together a mammoth opening stand of 292 runs – the highest for any wicket in a Women’s Test match against South Africa. Mandhana fell just short of her own century, but Verma continued her rampage.

Verma Breaks Records with Blazing Knock

Verma, known for her fearless batting, displayed a wide array of strokes, peppering her innings with 23 boundaries and a staggering eight sixes. She reached her maiden Test century in just 113 deliveries, which itself was a record for the fastest hundred by an Indian batter in women’s Tests. But she wasn’t done yet. Verma continued to accelerate, reaching the 200-run mark in just 196 deliveries, shattering the previous record for the fastest double century in women’s Tests, which was held by Australia’s Annabel Sutherland (248 balls).

A Day to Remember for Indian Cricket

Looking Ahead

While Verma’s knock was undoubtedly the highlight of the day, credit must also be given to the Indian bowling attack, who restricted South Africa to a manageable total in their reply. With a big first-innings lead, India will look to press home their advantage and secure a historic victory in this one-off Test.

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