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On This Day In 2018: Thirush Kamini-Punam Raut Registered World Record In Test Against South Africa

India had won a test series against England, in their own backyard, earlier that year, fielding 8 debutantes. So when South Africa, travelled to India for a lone test, India was booming with confidence. India had fielded 8 debutantes at Wormsley and won the match by six wickets, and in this match, South Africa too handed the test cap to 8 players, which included South African Skipper Mignon du Preez. And in that Test Indian opener, Thirush Kamini created several unparalleled records, on this day, 6 years back.

Winning the toss, Indian skipper Mithali Raj didn’t hesitate to bat at Mysore. India lost the star of previous test victory Smriti Mandhana in the 5th over of the match when the score was only 8. Punam Raut joined her senior partner Thirush Kamini. Both of them calmed the situation and paced the innings according to the demanding condition. India reached 50 runs mark just prior to the lunch break. After the lunch, both the batters increased the run flow and treated the Proteas bowlers with disdain. Left-hand batter Thirush Kamini reached her maiden half-century in the test in 160 balls whereas Punam Raut took 153 balls.

Both of them hit 6 boundaries each to reach their landmark. South African Skipper Preez used all the tump cards but, they were of no use. On the first day, South Africa bowled 102 overs and out of which spinners bowled 62 over on a dry surface. Both the Indian batters dealt the South African spinners with ease and sent them across the ground.

By the end of day one, both of them have scored their maiden hundred and marching for more runs. India had put up 211 runs in with a loss of Mandhana. Raut was batting on 100 from 292 balls and, her partner Thirus Kamini had played a ball more to reach her maiden hundred. South Africa was paying the price for dropping Punam Raut in consecutive balls when the batter was on 55, and she made full use of it. 

List of Highest 2nd Wicket Partnership in Test:

Partner Runs Against Year
Punam Raut – Thirus Kamini (India) 275 South Africa 2014
Betty Snowball-Molly Hide (England) 235 New Zealand 1935
Janette Brittin-Carole Hodges (England) 207 India 1986

India started the 2nd day in a flurry. Thirus Kamini torn apart the Proteas attack. Off-side was her go to the region and, she only took 78 balls to score her next 50 which, included 9 fours and a six. In the meantime, Punam Raut got out after scoring 130. Both of them added 275 runs, the highest stand for the 2nd wicket in an innings.  At the same time, it was the 2nd highest for any wicket, overall.  Though Raut fell, Kamini, along with skipper Mithali Raj took the Indian score past the 300 run mark. In the meantime, with each passing moment, the statistics were scratching through the pages of the record book as Thirus Kamini was approaching one.

List of Highest Partnerships in Test:

Partners Wicket Run Against Year
Lindsey Reeler-Denise Annetts (Australia) 3rd 309 England 1987
Punam Raut – Thirus Kamini (India) 2nd 275 South Africa 2014
Karen Rolton-Lousie Boradfoot (Australia) 4th 253 England 2001

Though Pakistan’s Kiren Baluch broke the record of the highest individual run in a test as an opener with her 242, Sandhya Agarwal still held the record for India. Thirus Kamini, who was given life thrice within a span of 20 runs, slowly approached that record. After she was dropped at long-on by Lizelle Lee when she was on 186, she leaned towards singles. She eventually broke the record of Agarwal but fell to leg spinner Yolani Fourie but not before passing Agarwal’s 190.

She went to cut the ball but was caught behind the wicket by Trisha Chetty. Her inning of 192 lasted almost 10 hours and included 24 fours and a six. with her 430 balls innings, left-handed, Thirush Kamini became the highest Individual scorer for India as an opener in a Test inning. As it was the last test ever played by India eves, this record still stands tall. 



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