India Women register an innings & 34-run win over South Africa Women to claim 3rd consecutive victory
India Women registered an emphatic innings and 34-run victory over South Africa Women on the 4th and final day of the one-off Test in Mysore earlier today.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat on day one of the Test match, India amassed a mammoth 400 for 6 declared, courtesy of 192 from Thirush Kamini and 130 from Poonam Raut. The duo put on 275 for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Smriti Mandhana, who fell for just 8. The bowlers then backed up the batters by dismissing South Africa for 234 in their first innings, thereby securing a lead of 166 going into the 2nd innings.
Captain Mignon du Preez was the only bright spot for the Proteas, scoring 102 off 253 balls in an otherwise disappointing effort. From a bowling perspective, Harmanpreet Kaur was the star of the unit as she picked up 5/44 from her 16 overs, ably backed, it must be said, by Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who picked up 4.
Having been asked to follow on in the 2nd dig, it was hoped that the South African batting unit would put up a much-better effort. However, the inexperience in their batting line-up showed up once again as they were bundled out for 132 in their second innings, with not even a single batter reaching 50. Harmanpreet was the star of the ball this time too, picking up 4/41 and taking her match tally to 9/85, helping her side register a comfortable win in the process.
Third time India women enforcing follow-on in Tests: v SAf at Paarl, March 2002 v Eng at Taunton, September 2006 Won both! #IndvSA— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 18, 2014
India, courtesy of the win, have won 3 Tests in a row for the first time in their history. The first of those came against England in 2006 at Taunton, where they won by 3 wickets. Their next victory also came against England when they played each other at Wormsley in August of this year, with the visitors defeating the hosts by 6 wickets to pull off a shock upset.
India Women 400 for 6 dec (Kamini 192, Raut 130) beat South Africa Women 234 (Du Preez 102, Chetty 56, Kaur 5-44, Gayakwad 4-54) and 132 (Kaur 4-41) by an innings and 34 runs