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The first innings of the Test between India and South Africa Women was so astonishing that by the time India started the second day’s play, numerous new entries had been made in the cricket record books.

With 603 points from six matches before lining up in Chennai, India posted the highest total in women’s Test cricket, according to ESPN’s cricinfo, and became the first team to cross the 600-mark in first-class cricket.

The 525 for 4 on the opening day was the most runs scored by any team (men or women) on a day’s play in Test cricket, and the first total of over 500 on the first day in women’s Test cricket.

Shafali Verma was the standout performer in an unforgettable start to the one-off clash, scoring 205 for the fastest double century in women’s Test history. She also became the first woman to score more than 200 runs in a day in a Test match and, at 20 years and 152 days, the second youngest woman to score a double century in a Test match.

Her partnership with Smriti Mandhana of 292 runs is the highest opening stand in women’s Test cricket. Another partnership between Harmanpreet Kaur and Richa Ghosh put together 143 runs, the highest stand for the fifth wicket in women’s Tests.

“Today the ball went well and my results in the last three ODIs made me think only of one thing: that I should not be thrown out and play the day,” Shafali said, according to Cricinfo.

“So the idea was to play to my strengths, take some time and find a way to stay at the wicket.”

In response, South Africa were still below India’s gigantic total, having scored 266 runs in the first innings and 232/2 in the second innings with play still in progress on the third day.

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