India women got the first day of their first Test match at home since 2005 off to a good start, with centuries from Poonam Raut and Thirush Kamini in Mysore on Sunday.
(Click here to read the match summary at stumps on day 1 of the once-off Test match between India and South Africa on Cricinfo.com)
The hosts were 211/1 at stumps of Day One of the four-day, once-off Test after winning the toss and electing to bat first. The only breakthrough came at the hands of Chloe Tryon, who removed Smriti Mandhana for eight at the end of the fourth over.
Tryon returned figures of 23/1 in 10 overs at the end of play, while Dané van Niekerk returned an impressive 54/0 in the 30 overs she bowled with an economy of 1.80.
Coach, Hilton Moreeng is satisfied with how his side turned up to the match, considering that he played eight debutants, and his side having played no Test cricket since 2007.
“Overall we are very happy with the team’s performance today,” he said. “India would be the more confident of the two sides, having come from an away Test match win against England recently.
“The wicket here is batter’s dream, and I’ll give credit to our bowlers for doing so well under conditions, that are tailor-made for batting.
“Tomorrow, we just have to take advantage at the start of the day and make sure that we keep our disciplines intact and keep things tight in the middle overs, while trying to take wickets,” he concluded.
South Africa’s captain, Mignon du Preez is still optimistic of her side’s chances, having seen the way that the ball moved and spending the day taking a look at the way that the openers played.
“It was a long, character-testing day for us,” she said. “The bowlers bowled really well and created some opportunities for us, but unfortunately we didn’t take all of them early on.
“The score on the board is a credit to our bowlers and the way they were able to restrict the batters to two runs an over at the end of the day.
“Them (India) being one wicket down is a little worrying, but I know we can put that right tomorrow with the new ball. There wasn’t a lot on offer for the seamers, the ball stopped swinging after the first 10 overs, but I know that tomorrow we will make the early overs work for us.”
Stumps Day 1 of the Only Test between India and South Africa, on 16 November, 2014, in Mysore: India Women 1st innings 211/1 (MDT Kamini 100*, PG Raut 100*, 102 ov) Chloe Tryon 1/23 (10 ovs) Indian XI: Thirush Kamini Smriti Mandhana Poonam Raut Niranjana Nagarajanm Sushma Verma Harmanpreet Kaur Jhulan Goswami Poonam Yadav Rajeshwari Gayakwad Mithali Raj Shikha Panday Momentum Proteas XI: Mignon du Preez Trisha Chetty Yolani Fourie Marizanne Kapp Ayabonga Khaka Lizelle Lee Marcia Letsoalo Sunette Loubser Nadine Moodley Chloe Tryon Dané van Niekerk
Photo 1 caption: Despite tight bowling by Momentum Proteas in their one-off away Test, hosts India stood at 211/1 at stumps on day 1 in Mysore on Sunday, 16 November, 2014. Photo: Cricket SA
(With editing by gsport)