Shafali, Sneh Rana star as Indian Women’s Cricket Team register a comprehensive win against South Africa

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Indian Women's Cricket Team

In a historic and thrilling encounter, the Indian women’s cricket team secured a resounding 10-wicket victory against South Africa in the one-off Test match held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Historic win for Indian Women’s Cricket Team

Shafali Verma, the young dynamo, etched her name in the record books by scoring a rapid double century. Her 205 runs in the first innings set a new benchmark for the fastest double hundred in women’s Test cricket. Shafali’s aggressive approach saw her dominate the South African bowlers, smashing boundaries and creating pressure. Her innings laid the foundation for India’s commanding position.

Sneh Rana, the right-arm spinner, spun a web around the South African batting lineup. Her remarkable figures of 8 wickets for just 77 runs in the first innings were instrumental in restricting the visitors. Rana’s consistent line and length troubled the Proteas, leading to crucial breakthroughs. Her performance ensured that South Africa couldn’t capitalize on their lead.

South Africa fought back valiantly in the second innings. Opener Laura Wolvaardt displayed immense determination, scoring a century (122 runs off 314 balls). She became only the third woman cricketer to achieve centuries in all three formats. Sune Luus contributed with a well-constructed 109 runs, but India’s bowlers eventually dismissed her. Marizanne Kapp also chipped in with 31 runs.

With a target of 37 runs, India’s openers made light work of the chase. Shafali Verma, once again, played a crucial role, scoring 24 runs to seal the victory. India’s clinical performance ensured they reached the target without losing a wicket, securing a comprehensive 10-wicket win.