Within the ongoing one-off Take a look at between England Girls and India Girls, younger Indian star Shafali Verma scripted historical past when she smashed a half-century within the second innings at County Floor in Bristol on Friday.
Shafali, who scored 96 runs within the first innings, grew to become the youngest lady and the fourth general to attain twin half-centuries in her debut Take a look at match. She surpassed Australia’s Jess Jonassen, who achieved this file when she was 22 years previous in 2015.
The 2 different girls cricketers aside from Shafali and Jonassen are Sri Lanka’s Vanessa Bowen and England’s Lesley Cooke, who slammed two half-centuries of their debut Take a look at.
Earlier, Shafali introduced her grand arrival within the longest format after smashing 96 off 152 balls within the first innings. She scored 13 fours and two sixes. The correct-handed batter was effectively supported by Smriti Mandhana, who contributed 78 from 155 deliveries.
Nevertheless, after the dismissal of each the batters, India noticed the worst collapse and obtained bundled out for 231, giving the hosts a wholesome lead of 165 runs, who declared their first innings on 396/9.
Sophie Ecclestone was the choose of the bowlers for the English facet as she bagged a four-wicket haul for 88 within the first innings. Aside from Ecclestone, England skipper Heather Knight additionally chipped in with a few scalps.
With regards to the second innings, India have scored 83/1 in 24.3 overs earlier than the stumps was introduced. The guests are nonetheless trailing England by 82 runs. Shafali was unbeaten on 55 runs with 11 boundaries.
After lacking out on the maiden hundred, Shafali had expressed her disappointment however talked about that 96-run knock gave her plenty of confidence.
“It’s at all times pure to really feel dangerous to overlook out on 100 (on debut). I’ll at all times remorse it, however this innings will give me plenty of confidence within the coming matches. I hope to transform it to 100 the following time,” Shafali had stated within the digital post-match convention.