IN-W vs SA-W: Fans erupt in joy as Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma hit tons on Day 1 of the One-off Test

Jun 28, 2024

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In a display of exceptional batting prowess, the Indian women’s cricket team asserted their dominance on the Day 1 of the one-off Test match against South Africa in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Both Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana shone brightly with remarkable centuries, laying a solid foundation for India’s innings.

Shafali Verma’s aggressive blitz

Shafali opened with aggression and precision, reaching her century with 17 boundaries and 2 sixes, boasting a striking strike rate of 87.40. Verma’s fearless approach from the outset put India in a commanding position early on. She also made history by smashing the fastest century in Women’s Tests, achieving the milestone in just 113 balls, breaking the previous record of 137 balls set by Janette Brittin in 1984. Verma’s aggressive batting set the tone for India’s innings.

Smriti Mandhana’s composed century

Smriti complemented Verma’s attacking style with a composed century of her own. Her innings included 21 fours, maintaining a solid strike rate of 80.29. Following Shafali, Smriti reached her century off 122 balls, placing her second on the list of fastest centuries in Women’s Tests.

Highest opening partnership for India Women

Shafali and Smriti combined to record the highest opening partnership for India Women in Tests during this match. Their ongoing unbeaten partnership surpassed their own previous record of 167 runs against England in Bristol in 2021. Their cohesive batting display demoralized the South African bowling attack and put India in a commanding position.

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Team strategy and composition: India and South Africa

Led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur‘s decision to bat first, India capitalized on the absence of injured players like Yastika Bhatia with Richa Ghosh taking over wicketkeeping duties. The team opted for a spin-heavy attack, featuring Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, supported by seamers Renuka Singh and Pooja Vastrakar.

On the other hand, South Africa introduced fast bowler Annerie Dercksen to Test cricket, while Sinalo Jafta returned as wicketkeeper. The team faced setbacks with players like Tazmin Brits and Eliz-Mari Marx ruled out due to illness, relying on Nonkululeko Mlaba as their lead spinner.

Here’s how Fans reacted:

Top ton for Shafali. Hopefully first of the many she ends up scoring.

India setting this game up well and truly early. #INDvSA

— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 28, 2024

Another day, another Smriti Mandhana ton. What a run of form she’s going through 🔥

— Prashanth S (@ps_it_is) June 28, 2024

Brilliant tons 💯💯 @mandhana_smriti @TheShafaliVerma

— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) June 28, 2024

2nd Test hundred for Smriti Mandhana 🏏👏#women #cricket #INDvSA #smritimandhana #IndianCricketer #CricketTwitter #WomenCricket pic.twitter.com/adswTKSpVl

— WomenCricket.com (@WomenCricketHQ) June 28, 2024

The tightest contest of the day, unfortunately for the Proteas, didnt involve the opponent at all. It was between Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma for who would get to their hundred first. And that tells you all you need to know about how lopsided this game has been. #INDvSApic.twitter.com/FoozcYQRyE

— Lavanya 🎙️🎥👩🏻‍💻 (@lav_narayanan) June 28, 2024

Shafali aur mandhanna dono 100 aur partnership 200 cross kardi

— Pricviz (@Pric_viz_) June 28, 2024

Second Century for Smriti Mandhana! Her first against South Africa in Tests. This is her peak, this is her time. A purple patch no other Indian woman cricketer has seen for a very long time now. #INDvSA

— The Cricket Philosopher (@outof22yards) June 28, 2024

Smriti Mandhana just can’t stop scoring International 100s at this stage of her career, another flawless innings!

Shafali Verma has matched her shot for shot as well! SA with absolutely no answers against the 2 Centurions!#INDvSA

— Nish Navalkar (@YUVI_NISH) June 28, 2024

Shafali and Smriti in full flow! You are missing out if you aren’t seeing this!! #INDvSA

— Kartik O 🏏⚽🔗 (@KOCricket528) June 28, 2024

Shafali Verma & Smriti Mandhana become the first pair of batters to score over 700 partnership runs (9 inns) in Women’s Tests. They beat the 22 year old record of 691 runs from 13 inns by England’s Carole Hodges & Janette Brittin. #INDvsENG #INDvsSA #T20WorldCup #RohitSharma

— Eye of Sauron (@cricketsauron) June 28, 2024

Watching test cricket and Shafali and Smriti are literally so aesthetically pleasing to watch, such a privilege that both of them play for my country

— adi (@Aditya17Jha) June 28, 2024

Today Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma set a new record against South Africa in Women’s Test cricket for the highest partnership by an Indian pair, surpassing their own previous record of 167 runs against England in 2021. pic.twitter.com/LhdiQE5S7B

— Vijay Anaparthi (@VijayCricketFan) June 28, 2024

HUNDRED FOR SHAFALI VARMA…!!!

– Shafali has absolutely dominated the South African bowling unit at Chepauk & completed her maiden Test Hundred. What a knock, she is back with a bang. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5OGoYopd0B

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 28, 2024

Well played Shafali & Mandhana . 200 partnership without breaking a sweat . Great batting performance #INDvSA

— Cricket Tamizhan (@CricketTamizhan) June 28, 2024

Also READ: Women’s Asia Cup 2024 Schedule: India to play against Pakistan on the opening day

This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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