Smriti Mandhana hit her sixth ODI century and her first at home • BCCISmriti Mandhana hit her sixth ODI century and her first at home • BCCI

The 292-run opening stand helped India’s top six pile on 525 runs, the most in a day of Test cricket

India 525 for 4 (Shafali 205, Mandhana 149, Tucker 2-141) vs South Africa
The gulf between India and South Africa in red-ball cricket could not be more evident. Shafali Verma demolished the bowlers with an extraordinary 205. Smriti Mandhana carried forward her ODI form from Bengaluru into the one-off Test in Chennai with a brilliant 149. Jemimah Rodrigues oozed class in her third half-century in this format. India blunted South Africa’s attack, accumulating a crazy number of runs, 525 precisely, the most runs in a day’s play by any team in Test history.
Opting to bat on a red-soil surface, India adopted the cautious approach in the first hour – where they did not hit the full tosses to boundaries – before motoring along to score 130 in the morning session. South Africa bowled well in patches and struggled for a majority of the time to hit the right lengths. The first real chance came when Marizanne Kapp spilled a half-chance when Mandhana pushed one to midwicket on 33. Mandhana and Shafali though eased up and put away the bad deliveries to boundaries.
But it was the afternoon session where India accelerated. They scored 204 runs in 32 overs and lost just two wickets. Shafali, scoring her maiden double Test hundred, picked her gaps well, scoring 142 runs on the on side. Five of her eight sixes were hit towards long-on and eight fours were launched towards square leg and long-on. After a poor run in the ODIs where she got dismissed trying to take on the bowlers early on, Shafali looked assured in whites on Friday, during her 197-ball knock and a record 292-run stand with Mandhana.

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