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Chennai: Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma rewrote history books compiling the highest-ever partnership for the opening wicket in a women’s Test with a massive unbeaten stand with a partnership of 293 runs.

The Indian opening duo also thrashed the long-standing 20-year-old record for most runs in women’s Test for the opening wicket of 241 set by Pakistan’s Sajjida Shah and Kiran Baluch against West Indies in Karachi in 2004.

Indian vice-captain Mandhana compiled her 2nd Test ton while young upstart Verma notched up her maiden triple-figure mark as the duo pummeled the South African bowling attack. India had won the toss and chose to bat first. Mandhana took 122 balls to reach her hundred hitting 19 boundaries. Verma took 113 deliveries to notch up her ton and hit 15 fours and two sixes en route to the hundred.

The dup came agonizing close to breaking the 27-year-old record of the highest partnership for any wicket in women’s Test cricket. The record is 309 by Australia’s Lindsay Reeler and Denise Annetts set in 1987 vs England.

Mandhana fell for 149, off 161 deliveries with the help of 27 fours and one six, to Delmi Tucker in the 52nd over of India’s first innings.

Highest partnerships by wicket in Women’s Tests

Wkt Runs Partners Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1st 310* S Mandhana, S Verma IND Women v SA Women Chennai 2024
2nd 275 PG Raut, MDT Kamini India Women v SA Women Mysore 2014
3rd 309 LA Reeler, DA Annetts AUS Women v ENG Women Wetherby 1987
4th 253 KL Rolton, LC Broadfoot AUS Women v ENG Women Leeds 2001
5th 138 C van der Westhuizen, J Logtenberg SA Women v ENG Women Shenley 2003
6th 229 RL Haynes, JM Fields AUS Women v ENG Women Worcester 2009
7th 157 M Raj, J Goswami India Women v ENG Women Taunton 2002
8th 181 DL Wilson, SJ Griffiths AUS Women v NZ Women Auckland 1990
9th 107 M Payne, B Botha SA Women v NZ Women Cape Town 1972
10th 119 CR Smith, S Nitschke AUS Women v ENG Women Hove 2005


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