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Absolutely Brilliant, AB!239 weeks ago

Absolutely Brilliant, AB!

South Africa successfully chased down the second-biggest total in test history on Sunday to beat Australia emphatically by six wickets in the first test at the WACA in Perth.

Here is thee Full scoring!

The victory was set up by Graeme Smith?s marvellous eighteenth century (108, 147 balls, 13x4) on Friday and by a mature 53 (112 balls, 6x4) by Hashim Amla.

But it was clinched by an awesome century from AB de Villiers (106, 186 balls, 8x4) who combined for a 124-run partnership with Jacques Kallis (57, 106 balls, 4x4, 2x6) and an undefeated 111-run partnership with JP Duminy (50*, 119 balls, 4x4, 1x6).

Kallis late onslaught on Saturday was also crucial, as his 22 runs off just six balls late in the day gave SA that extra belief coming into a tough final day.

Duminy completed the winning runs with a cover-drive off Mitchell Johnson for 3, punched the air in delight after completing the run that took South Africa to 414/4 and then hugged De Villiers.

South Africa had to score 414 for victory. The enormity of this target is underlined by the fact that the biggest successful chase ever at the WACA was 342/8 in 1977 before this magical effort.

South Africa had to achieve the second-biggest successful chase in test match history, and the biggest on Australian soil if they wanted to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

South Africa only once won a test match in Australia since their re-introduction into the international fold, but De Villiers, Kallis and Duminy were not overawed by the occasion.

This was arguably South Africa?s greatest-ever victory, and one of the most memorable moments in test match history.

Kallis and De Villiers resumed on 227/3 on Sunday and played very circumspectly in the first half an hour as they tried to keep the Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee at bay.

They kept cool heads but also took the runs on offer.

Kallis seldom lost his focus and he was only in danger once when he was nearly bowled by a delivery from Lee that did not bounce at all.

De Villiers, the man of the match, was superb through the covers and square of the wicket.

Kallis opened his shoulders whenever the opportunity presented itself. When Australia opted for the part-time spin of Michael Clarke, Kallis and De Villiers milked him for runs and Kallis smashed a short delivery for a massive six.

Australia had problems of their own to manage the bowling resources. They relied heavily on Lee and Johnson, but the support cast gave them very little assistance in the wicket column.

Jason Krejza bowled with increased control after the lunch break, but simply offered the batsmen too many scoring options to apply the pressure effectively.

Peter Siddle was useful, but not penetrative enough.

Johnson finished with match figures of 11/159 runs, while Lee bowled reasonably well to finish with 1/73 in 27 overs in the second innings.

Johnson made the breakthrough with the second new ball when Kallis drove at a wide half-volley and was caught in the gully for 57 as South Africa slipped to 303/4.

Australia was hoping the pitch would break up and offer assistance. It was a tad two-paced but it never cracked.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. When Duminy came to the crease, he survived a testing and torrid first half an hour as Johnson peppered him with some bouncers and hit him on the shoulder.

But Duminy grew in stature as the innings went on and played with superb timing off Krejza past point and off Johnson through the covers or to mid-on. He must be saluted for his efforts, especially because it was his test-match debut.

De Villiers and Duminy established great rhythm during their partnership. They rotated the strike superbly and kept the scoreboard ticking.

De Villiers smashed three fours off Lee?s first two overs with the second new ball and he later collected another glorious boundary through the covers off Johnson.

He had two moments of luck when he went down the wicket to Krejza and tried to loft it over mid-on, but only succeeded in hitting it just over the hands of Lee at mid-on for a boundary.

He waltzed down the wicket again off the next delivery and was almost stumped, but after that, De Villiers regained his composure to lead one of the greatest assaults in test match history.

Duminy joined in the run carnival when he hammered Krejza over wide long-on for a six.

When Clarke was re-introduced, Duminy and De Villiers rotated the strike at will to move within striking distance of an emphatic victory.

The victory was the second-biggest run chase in test history in a fourth innings and was only surpassed by the 418/7 scored by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003.

Many Thanks Loveee,
Thee South African Cricket Team!
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Heksie said...12/21/08
AB waz indeed brilliant. Well done Proteas ur the Greatest!
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-X- said...12/21/08

It is time like this im proud to be south african!
well done to all the guys + love yaa ab!

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