Shafali Verma, 15, on Tuesday became the youngest women player to play Twenty20 International (T20I) for India, when she took field in the first T20I against South Africa at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat . Shafali is the second youngest to play an international match for the India team after Gargi Banerji. Soon after receiving her maiden international cap, Shafali Verma walked out to bat as South Africa skipper Sune Luus won the toss and opted to field. Verma, however, failed to make any mark on her international debut as she faced only four deliveries and walked back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers in the series opener.
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Verma’s opening partner Smriti Mandhana scored 21 off 16 balls but departed in last over of the powerplay.
Another youngster Jemimah Rodrigues tried to pull things back and build the innings but departed on 19 in the 10th over. Thereafter, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur scored quick-fire 43 off 34 balls but didn’t get the ample support from the other end as wickets kept falling.
Wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia’s late cameo (11 off 5 balls) down the order helped India reach a fighting total in Surat. The Indian innings ended at 130/8 in 20 overs.