First Test: South Africa beat Australia by 8 wkts

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Published: Friday, November 11, 2011, 16:53 [IST]
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Australia's worst defeat ever against SA

Cape Town, Nov 11: Australia suffer their worst ever defeat against South Africa at Newlands, Capetown on Friday. Smith and Amla's centuries put SA on top as they take a 1-0 lead in the two match Test series. Debutant Philander makes an impressive start as he claims 8 wickets in his first test.

[Scorecard: South Africa vs Australia, Nov 2011, Cape Town]

Resuming day three on 81/1, South Africa sailed through Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith's centuries to register an easy win against Australia in the first test at Capetown.

Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 47 runs by South Africa on Day two as they registered their fourth lowest score in 109 years. Australia were nine down for 21 before Peter Siddle edged through the gully to avoid the humiliation of falling below the lowest Test total in all of cricket, which was 26 set by New Zealand against England in 1955.

Australia's lowest total was 36 against England at Birmingham in 1902.
Later 42 and 44 were the second and third lowest total both against England.

After having bowled out for 47 in their second innings, Aussies managed to set a target of 236 for South Africa.

Calling it "Disgraceful" Skipper Clarke said, " "Our shot selection was disgraceful, every half lbw was given and we nicked everything," said Clarke, the Aussie captain. "I can make a million excuses but fact is we should not have been bowled out for 47. All I can do is say that the top seven have to take full responsibility for what occurred. It was not good enough and me, as leader, certainly needs to take the blame," he added.

Despite their worst innings of the century, the visitors managed a lead of 235. A last-wicket stand of 26 runs from Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon helped Australia clear the run-mark of the lowest total in the history of Test cricket.

Wickets at quick succession,witnessing the most famous line-up including Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin and Shaun Marsh making their way back to the pavilion without scoring a run.

Hosts South Africa had earlier been bowled out for 96 on a reasonable-looking wicket after the tourists had made 284 in their first innings with captain Michael Clarke scoring 151.

All-rounder Shane Watson demolished South Africa's batsmen as the home side were bowled out for just 96 runs on the second day of the first Test at Newlands.

Replying to Australia's first innings total of 284, South Africa reached a score of 49 for one man out Jacques Rudolph. By then, Watson joined the attack and stunned South Africa's leading batsmen with a spell of five wickets in 20 balls to end up with 5-17 off five overs.

In the first over after lunch, Hashim Amla was trapped lbw for three and Jacques Kallis edged a hook on to his shoulder and then to second slip for a duck.

Both decisions were given not out by the on-field officials before Australia won successful reviews.

Graeme Smith got an inside edge cutting the ball to his stumps and Ashwell Prince was trapped lbw by a yorker from the all-rounder completing his five-wicket haul when Mark Boucher was trapped lbw.

Ryan Harris gave Watson superb support with four for 33, claiming the wickets of AB de Villiers, Vernon Philander and Imran Tahir as well as Rudolph.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke scored 151 helping Australia reach 284 in the first innings. Replying to that South Africa were bowled out for 96 with Watson's impressive spell.

With a 1-0 lead in the two match Test series South Africa will go for the kill in the second test starting on Nov 17, Thursday while Australia need to get the basics right during this 6 day break, before the start of the second test.


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