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IND vs SA: Smriti Mandhana & Shafali Verma script history, break 147-year old record

IND vs SA: Smriti Mandhana & Shafali Verma script history, break 147-year old record

IND vs SA: Although over 500 runs were scored earlier on a day as well, but not on the first day of a Test.

The Indian women’s cricket team is on some great spree, when it comes to matches in India, across all formats. But Tests is something they have been exceptional in, in the last few months, having beaten Australia and England in a close span of time. Now against South Africa, they have been devastatingly good, with openers Smriti Mandhana (149) and Shafali Verma (205) taking India to 525/4 on day one itself.

That breathtaking innings by youngster Shafali reminded many of Virender Sehwag, and many have started calling her that as well. And through the course of the IND vs SA Test day 1, many records were broken too. But one World Record many don’t seem to be aware about is, the most runs scored on any day of a Test, men or women — that these two ladies massively contributed to.

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Smriti Mandhana & Shafali Verma’s World Record in IND vs SA

India’s 525/4 is the highest-ever registered score on a single day of a Test match, in the 147-year history of the sport. Not just that, this was also the first time, that 500 runs were scored in a women’s Test, on a single day of the match. Prior to this record, the Sri Lankan men had scored 509 runs against Bangladesh in 2002.

Other Records by IND Opening Duo

This is also India’s highest-ever total in a Test innings, and also joint-third by any team in the women’s game. The Aussie women lead the charge with 575/9 vs South Africa women in 2024 itself.

Shafali Verma also became the first women’s player to score a double ton in one day of a Test. Apart from that, her 292-run stand with Smriti Mandhana is also the highest-opening stand in women’s cricket. (Stats by Cricinfo)

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