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Australia wins heated First Test over South Africa

Tue, Mar 6, 9:33pm by Staff Writer

Australia required less than four overs on day five of the first test in Durban to defeat South Africa by 118 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the four match Test tour.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, which proved to be a wise decision despite a shaky start by the top order.

Cameron Bancroft was dismissed for 5 runs and Usman Khawaja for just 14 runs, as the Aussies were in trouble at 2/39.

Contributions from David Warner, captain Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh’s 96 runs gave Australia the upper hand after the first innings as they were bowled out for 351 runs.

South Africa’s first innings never got going and featured three ducks, with Hashim Amla the most notable of the three.

A.B. de Villiers was the Proteas best with the bat, scoring 71 runs as his side were bowled out for 162 runs, 189 runs short of Australia’s target.

Mitchell Starc took five wickets in just over 10 overs for Australia, with Nathan Lyon snaring decisive the wickets of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla early in the innings.

Bowling in the second innings reaped more reward for South Africa, as Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj took seven wickets between them, with Australia building their lead to 416 runs.

South Africa had a slim chance of pulling off a historic run chance when opener Aiden Markram was looking near unstoppable notching a century, but Mitch Marsh bowled him for 143 runs.

South Africa’s second innings was an improvement on their first, but still featured three ducks, including two golden ducks, one of which was David Warner’s run out of A.B. de Villiers.

The Proteas fell 118 runs short at Kingsmead and will turn their attention to the second test in Port Elizabeth, which starts on Friday.

Starc led the way with the ball again in the second innings, taking four wickets to earn man of the match honours.

Much of the post match discussion from Durban has centered on a sledging war between David Warner and South Africa Quinton de Kock. The Proteas may have ‘hit a nerve’ with their personal comments towards Warner and the mind games are sure to continue all series.

Ahead of the second test in Port Elizabeth, Australia are $1.83 favourites at Sportsbet, with South Africa paying $2.95 to even the series at 1-1.

The draw is paying $5.45 at Sportsbet.

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