November 11th, 2011
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SA beat Australia by 8 wickets

SA-beat-AuzziesCape Town: South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets on day three of the first Test at Newlands on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla led their country to a remarkable comeback victory against Australia when the hosts won the first Test by eight wickets on Friday.

Chasing 236 for the win after a bizarre second day in which 23 wickets fell and parts of all four innings took place, Smith (101 not out) and Amla (112) put on 195 for the second wicket to stun Australia. Smith hit the winning run just moments after completing his century to spark jubilant scenes at Newlands.

The tourists had established a 188-run lead after the first innings but were then promptly bowled out for 47, and only narrowly avoided the lowest test score of 26 when they were reduced to 21-9.


(overnight 81-1)

Graeme Smith, not out 101

Jacques Rudolph c Haddin b Siddle 14

Hashim Amla c Clarke b Johnson 112

Jacques Kallis, not out 2

Extras- (4lb, 1w, 2nb) 7

TOTAL- (for 2 wickets) 236

Overs- 50.2

Fall of wickets- 1—27, 2—222.

Did not bat- AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Bowling- Ryan Harris 14—2—67—0, Peter Siddle 12.2—0—49—1 (1nb), Shane Watson 10—0—44—0, Mitchell Johnson 11—1—61—1 (1nb, 1w), Nathan Lyon 3—1—11—0.

Result- South Africa won by eight wickets.

Series- South Africa leads the two-Test series 1-0.

Toss- South Africa

Umpires- Billy Doctrove, West Indies, and Ian Gould, England.

TV umpire- Billy Bowden, New Zealand. Match referee- Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.




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