Proteas create history by defeating Australia by 6 wickets

December 21st, 2008 - 3:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Dec 21 (ANI): South Africa have scored one of their greatest cricketing triumphs, overpowering Australia by six wickets in the first Test at the WACA ground after an unbeaten century from AB De Villiers.

South Africa eased to victory just before tea on day five at 4-414 with De Villiers 106 not out and debutant JP Duminy on 50, reported.

De Villiers, 24, hugged his batting partner upon reaching his seventh Test hundred and first against Australia.

And soon both batsmen were mobbed by their teammates, as Ricky Ponting’’s Australia looked stunned after the victory.

Mitchell Johnson claimed career-best match figures of 11-159 but lacked support, with Brett Lee, Peter Siddle and off-spinner Jason Krejza taking only one wicket each.

Resuming on Sunday at 3-227, Jacques Kallis and De Villiers added 124.

Kallis fell for 57 in the sixth over of the second new ball, caught at gully off Johnson’’s bowling.

Sundays successful run chase by South Africa is a record for Tests between the two nations, beaten only by the 7-418 by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2002-03.

South Africa have never won a Test series in Australia and haven”t claimed a series victory over Australia since 1969-70.

Another defeat for Ricky Ponting’’s men in the second Test in Melbourne starting on Boxing Day would mean Australia had lost a home Test series for the first time since 1992-93 against the West Indies.

Australia hadn”t lost the first match of a home Test series since 1988-89 in Brisbane against the Windies. (ANI)

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