Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma set the record for the highest opening partnership in women's Test cricket

Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma set the record for the highest opening partnership in women's Test cricket


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Smriti Mandhana after completing century against South Africa; Shefali Verma applauds her.© AFP


Chennai:

The Indian pair of Shefali Verma and Smriti Mandhana on Friday registered the highest opening partnership in women's Test cricket, scoring a commendable 292 runs on the first day of the one-off Test against South Africa. Shefali and Smriti thus surpassed the 241-run opening partnership made by Pakistan's Sajida Shah and Kiran Baluch against the West Indies in Karachi in 2004. It was also the second-highest partnership for any wicket in women's Tests, behind the 309-run stand put on for the third wicket by the Australian pair of LA Reeler and DA Annetts against England at Wetherby in 1987.

Shafali and Smriti thus surpassed their previous best opening partnership of 167 runs against England in Bristol in 2021.

The pair also surpassed India's previous highest partnership for any wicket – 275 made by Poonam Raut and Thirush Kamini against South Africa in Mysore in 2014.

The opening pair looked in great form during their strong partnership but Smriti fell short of 150 after being dismissed by Delmi Tucker.

However, Shafali became the fourth Indian to score over 150 after Mithali Raj, Kamini and Snadhya Agarwal.

At tea time, India Women were 334 for two in 60.0 overs with Shefali batting on 165. Sathish Shubha (15) was the second wicket to fall.

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