India women had piled on 211/1 at the end of first day’s play in the one-off Test against South Africa women. Centuries by M D Thirushkamini and Poonam Raut helped the home team to the mammoth score at stumps on Sunday.
Earlier, India captain Mithali Raj won the toss and elected to bat in the only Test being played at Mysore ahead of the ODI series. But with just eight runs on the board, the hosts lost opener Smriti Mandhana. Caught by Sunette Loubser off Chloe Tryon in just the fourth over of the day, the opener departed for eight. Raut then joined Thirushkamini in the middle and the pair put India in a commanding position until the end of day’s play.
SA skipper Mignon Du Preez used as many as seven bowling options but to no avail as the Indian batting pair stayed their ground. Thirushkamini was the first to reach a century in the third session of the day while Raut reached the three-figure mark towards the end of day’s play. Dominating the proceedings through the day, the duo carried their bat through and denied the visitors any other breakthrough.