Indian women cricketers smash records in historic test victory against South Africa

India’s women’s cricket team etched their name in history with a remarkable performance in their one-off Test against South Africa.

| Updated: 02 July, 2024 12:04 pm IST
The success in the one-off Test against South Africa not only adds to India's illustrious cricketing legacy but also reinforces their position as frontrunners in women's cricket.
The success in the one-off Test against South Africa not only adds to India's illustrious cricketing legacy but also reinforces their position as frontrunners in women's cricket.

NEW DELHI: India’s women’s cricket team etched their name in history with a remarkable performance in their one-off Test against South Africa, achieving a record-breaking team total of 603/6. The standout feature of the match was the outstanding opening partnership between Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, who set the tone with a monumental 292-run stand. Verma’s exceptional innings of 205 runs and Mandhana’s solid contribution of 149 runs laid a solid foundation for India’s dominance.

The first day of the Test saw India amass a staggering 525/4, surpassing the previous record for the highest single-day total in Test cricket, previously held by Sri Lanka’s men’s team. This commanding start set the stage for India’s comprehensive series victory, ultimately securing a 1-0 win. Throughout the series, key players such as Jemimah Rodrigues, who added 55 runs, and captain Harmanpreet Kaur, along with wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh, who both remained unbeaten with impressive half-centuries, contributed significantly to India’s success.

In addition to their formidable batting display, India’s bowlers played crucial roles in restricting South Africa’s batting lineup. Poonam Yadav and Shikha Pandey were instrumental in applying pressure and picking up crucial wickets at crucial junctures, further bolstering India’s dominant performance.

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This series victory marks another significant milestone for India’s women’s cricket, showcasing their growing stature and dominance in the sport. The achievement reflects the team’s progress over the years and underscores the talent and dedication of Indian women cricketers. It also underscores India’s emergence as a powerhouse in women’s cricket globally, setting new benchmarks and inspiring future generations of cricketers.

The success in the one-off Test against South Africa not only adds to India’s illustrious cricketing legacy but also reinforces their position as frontrunners in women’s cricket. The team’s cohesive performance, characterized by record-breaking feats and individual brilliance, cements their reputation as formidable competitors on the international stage.

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