India Women vs South Africa Women: South Africa hit back after India post record-breaking score

India Women vs South Africa Women: South Africa hit back after India post record-breaking score


Captain Harmanpreet Kaur plays a shot against South Africa during the one-off Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai on June 29, 2024.

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur plays a shot against South Africa during the one-off Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai on June 29, 2024. | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

India posted the highest-ever score in the history of women's Test cricket when they declared at 603 for 6, following which South Africa Women rode on stellar performances from Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp on the second day of the one-off Test in Chennai on June 29.

The hosts resumed the day at their overnight score of 525 for four with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Richa Ghosh opening the innings.

The Indian captain, playing her fifth Test, scored her first half-century in the longer format, making 69 off 115 balls, while Richa (86) also scored a career-best 86 to extend India's dominance.

They added 143 for the fifth wicket.

By scoring 576 runs, the Indians broke the record for the highest team score in women's Test cricket, bettering the earlier record of Australia, who had declared the innings at 575 for nine against South Africa in Perth in February this year.

However, the partnership was broken at 593 when Harmanpreet was trapped LBW by Tumi Sekhukhune.

Just 10 runs later, Richa was also out LBW off Nonkululeko Mlaba and the Indian captain declared the innings.

South Africa were 236 for four at stumps and still trail by 367 runs, thanks to superb knocks from top order batswomen Sune Luus (65) and Marizanne (69 not out).

Delmy Tucker was the most successful South African bowler, taking two wickets for 141 runs, while Masabata Klaas was the most economical.

The Proteas got off to a good start in batting and were in a safe position at 29 for no loss at the lunch break.

However, the hosts bounced back after the interval and Sneh Rana trapped the visiting captain LBW for 20. The partnership lasted for 33 runs.

Luss also came with Bosch and both took full advantage of the batting friendly wicket. Both added 63 runs for the second wicket, but Rana broke this partnership by dismissing Bosch for 39 runs.

At tea, South Africa were 106 for two when Kapp joined Luus.

In the final session of the day, both batters scored fifties to take the partnership to 93 runs but Luss was trapped lbw by Deepti Sharma to leave the score at 189 for three.

The partnership was the Proteas' best for the third wicket in the format.

Nine runs later, Delmy Tucker was caught by Rana for zero. However, the pair of Kapp and Nadine de Klerk played out the remainder of the day and put on an unbeaten 38-run stand for the fifth wicket.

The hosts did not have much trouble with the ball. However, the game remained challenging as there was not enough turn and the ball sometimes stayed low, causing problems for the visitors.

The Indians did well in fielding but some close chances did not go in their favour.

For India, Rana bowled brilliantly, taking three wickets for 61 runs, while Deepti Sharma also impressed (1/40).


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