Gros Islet (West Indies) | Jagran Sports Desk: Shafali Verma, 15, on Sunday broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 30-year-old record and became the youngest Indian to score a half-century in international cricket.

Shafali hit 73 off 49 balls against West Indies in the first T20 International surpassing Tendulkar's 30-year-old record. She achieved the feat at 15 years and 285 days, surpassing batting legend Tendulkar, who had notched up his maiden Test fifty at 16 years and 214 days.

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Her blazing knock powered the Indian women's team to a convincing 84-run win against the Windies. Shafali, who was playing her fifth T20 International, smashed the Windies bowlers for six fours and four sixes in her blazing knock of 73.

Shafali is also the second youngest batswomen to score an international fifty in T20 cricket. The youngest batter is UAE's Kavisha Egodage, who was 15 years and 267 days when she achieved the milestone.

Shafali, who hails from Haryana, also shared a record opening stand of 143 with Smriti Mandhana to help India reach 185. The duo took India past 100-mark in the 10th over of the game.

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Shafali, in her innings smashed Shakera Selman for two fours and a six in only the second over of the game to put the Windies under pressure. She also slammed Chinelle Henry for four 4s.

The Windies, however, were not able to challenge the Indians much and were restricted to just 101 for nine in their twenty overs. With this win, team India has taken a lead of 1-0 in the five-match series.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma