Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma

Bristol: 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 for nine.

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

And when the stumps were drawn on the second day, India were 187 for five. England came storming back into this Test after Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana threatened to take the game away from them with a majestic 167-run opening stand. But England had the last laugh of the day as they picked up five wickets in the last 10.2 overs alone, and India are now suddenly staring at their follow-on mark of 246.

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