Maiden Test Century For Luus And Wolvaardt’s Grit Highlight Proteas Women’s Resilience On Day 3

Maiden Test Century For Luus And Wolvaardt’s Grit Highlight Proteas Women’s Resilience On Day 3

CHENNAI: On Day 3 of the one-off Test between the Proteas Women and India, a maiden century from Suné Luus and an unbeaten half-century from Laura Wolvaardt took centre stage. The visitors recovered from a first-innings batting collapse to end the day’s proceedings trailing by 105 runs in the second innings in Chennai on Sunday.
Luus top-scored with 109 off 203 balls (18 fours), while Wolvaardt’s measured 93* off 252 balls (12 fours) helped South Africa end the penultimate day on 232/2 in 85 overs. This followed India’s decision to enforce the follow-on after South Africa was bowled out for 266 in their first innings, responding to the hosts’ 603/6 declared.India’s Sneh Rana was the standout bowler in the first innings, achieving career-best figures of eight for 77.

South Africa began the day on 236/4, with Marizanne Kapp (74) and Nadine de Klerk (39) at the crease. Rana quickly dismissed Kapp and then ripped through the middle and lower order, taking four of the remaining five wickets, removing Sinalo Jafta (0), de Klerk, Masabata Klaas (1), and Nonkululeko Mlaba (2) to provide India with a 337-run lead before enforcing the follow-on.

In South Africa’s second innings, opener Anneke Bosch was trapped LBW by Deepti Sharma (1/56) for nine in the eighth over, leaving South Africa at 16/1. Wolvaardt and Luus then steadied the innings, taking the score to 29/1 by lunch.

Following the interval, the pair found their rhythm, helping South Africa bring up triple figures. Luus led the charge, reaching her second consecutive score of 50 or more in the match with South Africa going into tea at 124/1 after 49 overs.

In a gutsy display with the bat in spin-friendly conditions, Wolvaardt and Luus continued to assert themselves against the Indian bowlers before the former raised her bat to celebrate a maiden Test half-century off 160 deliveries.

With the duo’s partnership surpassing the 150-run mark, Luus then became only the fifth Proteas Women (third in the modern era) to record a hundred in the red-ball format before the batting all-rounder was eventually dismissed by India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (1/24) to conclude South Africa’s highest partnership in Women’s Test cricket worth 190 off 394 balls.

Luus’ wicket was the last to fall for the day, as new batter Kapp (15*) joined Wolvaardt to add 26 more runs on the board to help the Proteas finish on 232/2 and 105 runs behind.

The final day of the match will start on Monday, 01 July at 09h30 local time (06h00 SAST) and will be broadcast live on SuperSport Grandstand (Ch. 201).

Proteas Women ODI and Test Squad – Outbound Tour to India (16 June – 09 July) 

Laura Wolvaardt (Captain) (Fidelity Titans), Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (DP World LIons), Nadine de Klerk (World Sports Betting Western Province), Annerie Dercksen (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), *Mieke de Ridder (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Marizanne Kapp (World Sports Betting Western Province), Ayabonga Khaka (DP World Lions) (ODI Squad Only), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), *Eliz-Mari Marx (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), *Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), ⁠Delmi Tucker (World Sports Betting Western Province)
* Uncapped Test player

Fixtures – Proteas Women’s Outbound Tour to India (16 June – 09 July)

One-off Test:

Friday, 28 June – Monday, 01 July @ 06h00: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)

T20 International Series:

Friday, 05 July @ 15h30 – 1st T20I: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)
Sunday, 07 July @ 15h30 – 2nd T20I: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)

Tuesday, 09 July @ 15h30 – 3rd T20I: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)

All times are South African Standard Time (SAST)

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