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Latest Cricket News – India vs West Indies, Women’s Cricket: Shafali Verma, the young opener of the Indian women’s cricket team, has become the youngest cricketer in India to score a half-century in international cricket. The 15-year-old Shefali achieved the feat in the first T20 International played on Saturday night at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia in the West Indies. With this, Shefali has become the youngest cricketer in India to score a half-century in international cricket. Shefali broke the 30-year-old record of Sachin Tendulkar.
In his fifth T20 match, Shefali played an explosive innings of 73 off 49 balls, the first half-century of his career. In this explosive innings, he hit six fours and four sixes.
The explosive 15-year-old Shafali Verma scored her maiden half-century in the first T20I against West Indies Women today in St Lucia. Shafali is the youngest Indian ever to score an int'l fifty👏🏾👏🏾 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/O2MfVdNBOv
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) November 10, 2019
Shefali achieved this feat in 15 years and 285 days, while Sachin Tendulkar made his first half-century at the age of 16 and 214 days. Sachin’s first international half-century came in Test cricket, which he made against Pakistan on 24 October 1989 in Faisalabad.
Indian women’s cricket team defeated hosts West Indies by 84 runs in the first T20 match. With this victory, India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20 series. Batting first after losing the toss, the Indian team scored a mammoth score of 185 for four and then restricted the West Indies team to 101 for nine in the allotted 20 overs.
Chori’s explosive style of Haryana
Shefali hails from Rohtak in Haryana and is compared to legendary batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in Indian women’s cricket. This is because he is a very aggressive batsman. The youngster scored 46 runs in just the second T20 International against South Africa in Surat last month. Given the future of Shefali, veteran women opener Mithali Raj recently retired from the T20 format.
Shefali also shared a record partnership for Smriti Mandhana in this match. Both the openers added 143 runs in 15.3 overs for the first wicket. This is India’s largest partnership for any wicket in T20. The duo broke the 130-run partnership record of Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut, which they had made against Bangladesh in 2013.