South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets: South Africa beat Australia by eight windows to win the first Test at Newlands on Friday taking a 1-0 lead in the two games Australia series.If thought their experience in Cape Town could not be worse after being fired for 47 seconds in the afternoon, they were wrong wrong, with Smith and Amla adding the injured to the visitors.
The race winner came when Smith, who finished unbeaten on 101, cut Peter Siddle and South African fans midwicket stood up to celebrate a victory. This was a team in the second day had been thrown out of 96.
Thus, South Africa became only the second team in 60 years to win a test has been released for less than 100 in their first innings, the only other time in the modern era was the success of New Zealand against India in Wellington in 2002. They also completed the second-highest chase in a test of Newlands.
But it was the way he hit on the third morning that highlighted the ridiculous character of the second day, in which 23 wickets fell. After an hour of quiet for the first time that added 31, used to the conditions, Amla and Smith demolished the attack in Australia. Amla played some wonderful strokes, straight units, housing units and pads films, showing that there was nothing in the pitch could not be handled by a good technique.
He brought his century, first against Australia, with a cutoff of four of Mitchell Johnson delivery of 126th and the crowd – at this stage in anticipation of a victory in South Africa at any time – erupted. AMLA had fallen twice by Australians, including off the last ball of the second day, and made them pay for those mistakes.
The partnership ended when Amla 195 runs in 112, fell to Mitchell Johnson and was caught in the gully by Michael Clarke, with 14 runs still needed for victory. Kallis and Smith pushed over the line with ease.
Smith was equally masterful, after a couple of lucky edges earlier in the day. He brutally Shane Watson for a long a cost of 13, breaking a four-court and walk in the player to manage a border. His hundred came to the race which leveled the scores, one half pushed through the delivery of its 138th.
The South Africans batted superbly, but Australia’s bowlers were disappointing. Johnson picked up the window at the end of AMLA and thereby avoid wicketless second test of his career, but found the swing and was rarely a threat. Harris did not bowl badly, but it was very expensive, while Peter Siddle worked. However, he never seemed to take nine windows under a sunny sky.
Australia had the opportunity to enter the middle order, when in the third over of the day, Amla, 30, beat Harris to first slip, where Watson moved to his left and made a catch that should have taken.