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India Clinches Commanding Ten-Wicket Victory Over South Africa in Chennai Test

In a gripping finale at Chennai’s MAC Stadium, India secured a commanding ten-wicket victory over South Africa despite a resilient century from Laura Wolvaardt. Starting the day at 232 for two, South Africa aimed to avoid an innings defeat, needing 105 runs to make India bat again on a challenging fourth-day pitch.

Wolvaardt’s determined innings of 122, which included 16 boundaries, highlighted the visitors’ resolve after conceding a substantial 337-run first-innings deficit earlier in the match.

Wolvaardt, who resumed her innings at 93 not out, reached her maiden Test century with a mix of patience and determination. Her innings, pivotal in South Africa’s resistance, showcased her ability to adapt and build innings despite the pitch’s variable bounce.

However, her vigil came to an end just before lunch when she was dismissed leg-before by Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the left-arm spinner who played a crucial role with the ball, taking key wickets throughout the match.

India Clinches Commanding Ten-Wicket Victory Over South Africa in Chennai Test

India Clinches Commanding Ten-Wicket Victory Over South Africa in Chennai Test

Despite Wolvaardt’s heroic effort, India’s bowlers maintained pressure, gradually chipping away at South Africa’s batting lineup. Sneh Rana, with her off-spin, claimed crucial wickets, including the dismissals of Marizane Kapp and Delmari Tucker.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s disciplined bowling eventually ended South Africa’s second innings, aided by Nadine de Klerk’s defiant half-century that momentarily frustrated the hosts.

In the final session, South Africa’s resistance crumbled as India’s bowlers tightened their grip. With just 37 runs needed for victory, Indian openers Shefali Verma and Subha Sathesh swiftly chased down the target, securing their team’s third consecutive Test win. The victory marked another dominant performance for India, building on their successes against strong opponents like England and Australia in recent years.

India’s comprehensive victory underscored their bowling depth and batting prowess, while Laura Wolvaardt’s century stood out as a testament to South Africa’s resilience despite the odds. The match at Chennai’s iconic stadium concluded with India reaffirming their status as a formidable force in women’s Test cricket, while South Africa showcased their fighting spirit despite falling short in the end.

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