Australia: South Africa Thrash Australia by 6 Wickets

Perth, Dec 21:
Unbeaten AB de Villiers (106) and JP Duminy (50) guided South Africa to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the first Test at Perth. 

Captain Graeme Smith contributed with 108 runs while Kallis and Amla slammed fifty apiece.

South African skipper Graeme Smith led the fight-back with a courageous century on Saturday to keep his team in the hunt for a record chase of 414 on the final day of the first Test against Australia on Sunday.

South Africa were 227 for three at stumps with Jacques Kallis (33) and AB de Villiers (11) at crease after Smith knocked off 108 runs. South Africa need 187 runs on the final day for the second-biggest successful chase in history.

Australia, resuming at 228 for seven, were all out for 319 with Brad Haddin scoring 94 and shepherding the tail to set a tough chase for the visitors. Jason Krezja (32) and Mitchell Johsnon (21) did the support job.

South Africa started on a shaky note as Niel Mckenzie departed, edging a Johnson delivery behind the stumps, with 19 runs on the board. But Smith and Hashim Amla (53) build on the platform with a partnership of 153 runs.

Smith showed intent as he played with his customary flamboyance to take the attack to the fire-spitting Australian pacers. The left-hander stroked 13 fours in 147-balls.

Amla at the other end played with patience allowing his captain to force the pace. His 112-ball knock had six fours.

Smith scored his 18th hundred, his first against Australia. He reached his hundred with consecutive cuts for four off Johnson.

Australia were rattled by the partnership as both the batsmen complemented each other beautifully to deny them any chance. But Smith and Mckenzie fell within a space of seven runs.

Johnson got the breakthrough as he trapped Smith lbw to complete his 10 for the match following his first innings eight wickets.

Brett Lee removed Amla caught behind before Kallis and de Villiers saw to it that there is no more casualty for the day. 


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