South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets in remarkable turnaround



South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets in remarkable turnaroundCape Town: South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla led their country to a remarkable comeback victory against Australia when the hosts won the first test by eight wickets on Friday.

Chasing 236 for the win after a bizarre second day in which 23 wickets fell and parts of all four innings took place, Smith (101 not out) and Amla (112) put on 195 for the second wicket to stun Australia.

Smith hit the winning run just moments after completing his century to spark jubilant scenes at Newlands.

The tourists had established a 188-run lead after the first innings but were then promptly bowled out for 47, and only narrowly avoided the lowest test score of 26 when they were reduced to 21-9.

Bureau Report