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West Indies wins its first-ever test in South Africa by 128 runs

West Indies wins its first-ever test in South Africa by 128 runs

West Indies bowled out South Africa for 260 late on the fourth day to win the first test Saturday by 128 runs _ its first-ever victory in 10 attempts in South Africa.
South Africa was set an unlikely 389 to win at St. George's Park after West Indies was dismissed for 175 in the second innings. The visitors scored 408 in the first innings and South Africa replied with 195.
Jacques Kallis scored 85 in a 112-run fifth-wicket partnership with A.B. de Villiers, raising hopes of an upset victory for South Africa before a disastrous last session. At tea South Africa was 138-4.
Kallis was out caught behind to a short delivery from Fidel Edwards, which TV replays showed hit the batsman's shoulder.
De Villiers scored 60, and tailenders Andre Nel and Dale Steyn put on 67 for the ninth wicket to delay the defeat. Nel hit 34 to equal his best score, and Steyn was undefeated on 33 for his highest innings in test matches.
"Everyone played a part in this win," said West Indies captain Chris Gayle. "It's unbelievable, especially since we are just getting to know our new coach John Dyson. But we are really going to enjoy this victory."
South African captain Graeme Smith said the West Indies deserved to win.
"They played the better cricket, and our skill levels certainly let us down in the first two days," Smith said.
The West Indies batsmen added 29 runs to their overnight total of 146 to reach 175 before Paul Harris removed Daren Powell for six, and Jerome Taylor holed out to Nel after scoring 22 off 28 balls.
Harris finished with figures of 4-35, and Steyn had 3-67.
South Africa's reply started poorly with Herschelle Gibbs the first to go, trapped leg before wicket by Daren Powell for his second duck in the match.
Then Edwards removed Smith and top-order batsman Hashim Amla before lunch to have South Africa struggling at 45-3. Amla scored just eight runs before driving at a swinging delivery to give wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin an easy catch. Smith managed 11 when he was caught by Darren Ganga at short leg.
South Africa slumped to 45-4 immediately after lunch with the dismissal of Ashwell Prince, caught for 10 at first slip by Gayle off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.
Kallis' innings took 126 balls and contained nine 4s, while De Villiers batted for 132 balls and hit six 4s before he tamely chipped Taylor to Marlon Samuels at mid-on.
Edwards was the best of the West Indies bowlers, taking 3-37, and Taylor ended with 3-66.
The second test starts Wednesday at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.


Updated : 2021-06-18 10:15 GMT+08:00