Australia nicked the first match of the test series against South Africa in Durban with a 118-run victory. The visitors scored 351 and 227 runs batting in the innings, while South Africa replied with 162 and 298 runs. In the first inning, Australia played 111 overs featuring half-centuries off Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith and David Warner. Marsh scored 96 runs to bolster the inning, while Warner added 51 runs. Skipper Steven Smith scored 56 runs. In the second inning, Cameron Bancroft scored a half century beating 53 runs. Australia played 74.4 overs in the inning. Australia played its first inning until the second day running pass the lunch break. However, its second inning too started on the same day.
England faced a collapse in its first inning. The team could play only 51.4 overs to score 162 runs. AB de Villiers scored 71 runs as the highest score in the inning. Mitchell Starc nicked 5 wickets with an economy of 3.18, while Nathan Lyon took down 3 wickets. In their second inning, South Africa opener scored 143 runs. He was aided by Quinton de Kock scoring 83 runs, however the rest of the players could not contribute. The next best score in the inning was only 36 off TB de Bruyn. The home team started its second inning in the fourth day before drinks, playing until the fifth day. In the final inning as well Starc nicked 4 wickets along with Josh Hazlewood taking down 3.
In the fourth day, the match ended earlier due to bad light. South Africa’s inning hanged by the single wicket pushing the match to the fifth morning. In the fifth day, Australia bowled 22 deliveries to remove de Kock as the last wicket of the inning. The second Test will start on March 9. Australia has not lost a Test series in South Africa so far. The current series too started with a heavier side of Australia winning the first match.
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