Sunday, December 30, 2007

South Africa v West Indies 1st Test: West Indies got an historic win

West Indies has got an historical win against South Africa in their first of the three-match Test series. West Indies beat South Africa by 128 runs and one day to spare and lead the series 1-0.

Chasing a hard total of 389 to win the first Test, South Africa were dismissed for 260 after tea on the fourth day with one day in hand.

After thirty one months, West Indies has got a test match victory. For West Indies, it was the first away Test victory except against opposition Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Last they beat England by an inning and 93 runs in Birmingham in June, 2000.

West Indies started their second innings in the fourth day with 146 for 8 was on Jerome Taylor 2 with Daren Powell, who didn’t make any score. West Indies could bat only 5.4 overs in the fourth day and got all out for 175.

South African spin bowler Paul Harris claimed last two wickets and he finished the day with four for 35 off 15.4 overs. Dale Steyn also claimed 3 wickets for 67 runs.

South Africa could manage only 260 runs in the second innings after West Indies were dismissed in the fourth day early. West Indian bowler Fidel Edward and Jerome Taylor got three wickets each. Fidel Edward claimed 3 for 37 with the most important wicket of Graeme Smith and Jaques Kallis who was supposed a danger man for West Indies. Jaques Kallis scored 85 runs that was the highest score in his side. AB de Villiers scored second highest runs in the second innings. He scored 60 runs off facing 132 balls. Andre Nel and Dale Steyn played some impressive innings but couldn’t help South Africa to save the match. Marlon Samuels finished South Africa’s innings taking the wicket of Makhaya Ntini.

Jarome Taylor who claimed 3 for 66 claimed the wicket of Ashwell Prince, AB de Villiers, andMark Boucher.

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