Netizens React to South Africa’s Comeback in One-off Test

Netizens React to South Africa’s Comeback in One-off Test

In the ongoing One-off Test match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Chennai, India showcased their batting prowess, amassing a monumental 603/6 before declaring their innings. Led by notable performances from their top-order batter, India set a daunting target for South Africa right from the outset.

South Africa’s struggle against Sneh Rana

South Africa faced an uphill battle from the start, initially reaching 236/4 in their first innings on Day 2 but failing to capitalize further. They were eventually bowled out for 266 on Day 3, with Marizanne Kapp’s resilient 74 off 141 balls being a standout performance amidst India’s formidable bowling attack. Sneh Rana‘s exceptional spell of 8 wickets for 77 runs further underscored India’s dominance with the ball. Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur‘s crucial wickets for India have kept the match intriguingly poised.

Fightback by Laura Wolvaardt and Suné Luus

Forced to follow on after trailing by 327 runs, South Africa faced early setbacks with the loss of Anneke Bosch. However, captain Laura Wolvaardt and Suné Luus turned the tide with a historic partnership of 190 runs for the second wicket, the highest-ever for South Africa against any opponent. Wolvaardt anchored the innings with an unbeaten 93 off 252 balls, while Luus contributed a crucial 109 off 203 balls, showcasing resilience and determination against India’s bowling attack.

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Game in balance

At the end of Day 3, South Africa’s second innings stood at 232/2, still trailing by 105 runs with Kapp joining Wolvaardt at the crease after the fall of Luus. The match hangs in balance as South Africa aim to potentially set a challenging target for India. The outcome of the match heavily depends on whether South Africa can build on their current partnership and avoid the collapses witnessed earlier in the game.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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