Second T20I preview: Harmanpreet Kaur-led India women will aim to double their lead against West Indies when the two teams meet for the second T20I at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.
Now she has broken Sachin Tendulkar's 30-year-old record as the youngest player to make an worldwide fifty for her country. She also become the 2nd youngest women to score a T20I half century after UAE's K Egodage who was 15 years and 267 days when she achieved the milestone. Verma did it at 15 years and 285 days.
Having only recently broken Sachin Tendulkar's 30-year-old record of being the youngest Indian to score an worldwide half-century, the 15-year-old Shafali Verma extended her good run with an unbeaten 69 off only 35 deliveries to help India take a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series against West Indies.
She has said that she was inspired to take up the game after going to watch Tendulkar play.
The youngster shared a 143-run stand with Smriti Mandhana, which is also India Women's highest opening partnership in T20I cricket, surpassing the previous record of 130 runs set by Punam Raut and Thirush Kamini against Bangladesh in April 2013. Shafali and Smriti Mandhana then powered past West Indies' total easily, registering their second successive century partnership for the opening wicket as India won by 10 wickets with 9.3 overs to spare. For the visitors, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, and Poonam Yadav took two wickets each.
She then launched an assault on Chinelle Henry, crossing the fence four times before depositing one at the stands in the fourth over.
Chasing a modest target of 104 on Sunday evening, Indian eves broke little sweat as both the Indian openers, who stitched a record partnership in the first match, got the team across the line in the 11th over. Her opening partner and the senior player in the squad, Mandhana also scored a half-century.
In response to India's total, West Indies were restricted to 101 for nine.