Indian women's team's young opener Shefali Verma has made a great start to her Test career. In the very first match, this batsman played an innings of 96 runs against a strong team like England. Shefali, 17 years 139 days old, made her Test debut in England against England and completed 100 runs in the first match. The Indian opener became the first woman player to do so.
Shefali, playing her first match in Tests, faced 152 balls in the first innings and scored 96 runs with the help of 13 fours and 2 sixes. She missed out on scoring a century in the first innings of her first match by just 4 runs. In the first innings, Shefali along with her senior partner Smriti Mandhana added a total of 167 runs for the first wicket.
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A special 96-run knock from @TheShafaliVerma. Misses out on a well-deserved century on Test debut???????? #Teamndia #ENGvIND
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After the breakup of this pair, the Indian innings faltered and the entire team was bundled out for 231 runs. England declared their first innings on the second day at 396 for 9. The Indian was forced to play a follow-on by the host.
Shefali scored 100 runs in the first test
In the second innings too, Shefali's bat spoke fiercely and while advancing the first innings, stepped towards half-century. He had to wait to complete his second consecutive fifty as the game was stopped due to rain. The batsman, who scored 96 runs in the first innings, created history as soon as he scored 4 runs in the second innings. Now no female player had scored a total of 100 runs in the debut test from India.