Shafali Verma scored her third Test fifty as she helped India’s lead swell to 242 in the one-off Pink Ball Test against Australia in Carrara on Sunday.

The teenager took 86 balls to reach her half century, anchoring the Indian second innings as the side set Australia a target of 272 in the final session of the last day of this Test.

AUS-W vs IND-W Pink Ball Test Day 4 Live Score IND 106/2: Shafali Verma brings up fifty as lead closes in on 250-mark at Tea

While she took some time to open up and play her natural, fearless brand of cricket, 24 runs out of Shafali’s 91-ball 52 came in boundaries.

The 17-year-old was part of a 93-run partnership with Smriti Mandhana in the first innings of this Test, giving India a commanding start that has helped the side dictate the pace of this Test match.

Shafali also had a good outing in her maiden Test match against England earlier this year, missing out on a century by five runs.

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