Wed, 28 Jul 2021

Bristol [UK], June 17 (ANI): Openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma on Thursday scripted the highest first-wicket partnership for India in Test matches against England.

The duo achieved the feat in the ongoing one-off Test against England. Mandhana and Shafali broke former Indian cricketers Anju Jain and Chanderkanta Kaul's 22-year-old record.

The previous best was 132 runs for the first wicket scored by Anju and Chanderkanta in 1999.

Meanwhile, Shafali also became the second-youngest woman to hit a fifty on Test debut. Former South African batter Johmari Logtenberg is still the youngest cricketer to smash a fifty on Test debut.

India has scored more than 150 runs without losing a wicket in the first innings after England declared at 396/9.

It was England's highest total against India Women and their sixth highest in all women's Tests.

Mandhana and Shafali started off India's innings and took their side to 63 without losing a wicket before Tea. In the third session, the duo continued their fine form and put India in the driver's seat. (ANI)

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