South Africa's centurion Luus gave a tough fight to India despite the follow-on; Sneh Rana took 8 wickets for 77 runs


Top-order batswoman Sune Luus hit a superb century as South Africa made 232 for two in the second innings after India enforced a follow-on, thanks to spinner Sneh Rana's brilliant eight-wicket haul on the third day of the one-off women's Test here on Sunday.

Chennai: Sneha Rana of India Women's team celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Masabata Klaasth on the third day of the only Test cricket match between India Women and South Africa Women. (PTI)

South Africa still trail India by 105 runs after they were bundled out for 266 in their first innings while chasing India's target of 603. Off-spinner Sneh Rana's lethal effort of eight for 77 further fuelled their innings.

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However, South Africa showed some fight in their second match through Luus (109, 203 balls, 18 fours) and captain Laura Wolvaardt (93 batting, 252 balls, 12 fours).

Resuming at 236 for four at stumps, Marizanne Kapp (74) and Nadine de Klerk (39) failed to maintain the momentum and soon fell prey to Rana.

Kapp's wicket saw South Africa all out for the next 17 runs. Rana and Deepti Sharma finished the job with ease.

Rana's figures were the second-best in a women's Test innings for India, behind Neetu David's eight for 53 against England in Jamshedpur in 1995.

Overall, Rana has the third-best Test innings figures, behind Australia's Ashleigh Gardner (eight wickets for 66 runs).

After falling behind by 337 runs, South Africa suffered early setbacks and the Indians decided to follow-on. Anneke Bosch was trapped LBW by Deepti for 9 runs. The score was just 16 at that time.

Then the end of the South African team seemed near.

However, Wolvaardt and Luus combined to put the hosts on the backfoot.

The visitors were 29 for 1 at the lunch break and they batted until the tea break without any further loss to take South Africa to 124 for 1.

When their partnership went past 138 runs in the post-tea session, it also became the highest partnership by a visiting team against India in Test cricket.

Meanwhile, Luus scored her maiden Test century as she became only the second South African to score a Test century against India after Mignon du Preez (102) in Mysore in 2014.

Eventually, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur broke the 190-run partnership by dismissing Luus when the score was 206 for two.

After this dismissal, Cap and the captain came together and batted for the rest of the day. India took the new ball three overs before stumps but could not do anything special.

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