The Hundred: Shafali Verma’s masterclass guides Birmingham Phoenix to 10 wickets victory

The Hundred: Shafali Verma’s masterclass guides Birmingham Phoenix to 10 wickets victory. She slammed 76 runs off 42 balls.
The Hundred: Shafali Verma’s masterclass guides Birmingham Phoenix to 10 wickets victory. She slammed 76 runs off 42 balls.

The Hundred: Shafali Verma’s masterclass guides Birmingham Phoenix to 10 wickets victory- India batting sensation Shafali Verma on Monday produced a masterclass to help Birmingham Phoenix clinch 10 wickets each over Welsh Fire. She slammed 76 runs off 42 balls after completing fifty off just 22 deliveries. The 17-year-old slammed a couple of sixes and nine boundaries in her innings. She shared an unbeaten 131 runs partnership with Evelyn Jones for the opening wicket.

“That was so nice, so good for me. I was not doing good for the team but I backed myself and played my game. I was slowing down because of [Eve Jones’] fifty. I enjoy the team. They are so nice. I’m still learning in every match,” said Shafali Verma post-match as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

BIRMINGHAM PHOENIX (WOMEN) INNINGS (TARGET: 128 RUNS FROM 100 BALLS)
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Shafali Verma not out 76 42 53 9 2 180.95
Eve Jones not out 52 35 53 9 0 148.57
Extras (lb 1, nb 2) 3
TOTAL (76 balls, RPB: 1.72) 131

 

Earlier Welsh Fire were bundled out for 17 runs as they lost the last six wickets for just 23 runs in 21 balls. The win takes Birmingham Phoenix to fifth spot (4 points) while Welsh Fire slips to 7th.

Sarah Taylor who witnessed the game from behind the stumps, said, “You can tell instantly from the way she sets up that she wants to hit it and hit it hard. It is more the sound off the bat, I know she is going to whack it, but you just wonder how far it is going to go,” as quoted by BBC.

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