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Incredible South Africa complete 177-run victory over Australia in Perth

South African players celebrating the victory over Australia in Perth
South African players celebrating the victory over Australia in Perth
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South Africa 242 & 540-8 dec (Duminy 141) beat
Australia 244 & 361 (Khawaja 97) by 177 runs
First Test, Perth, day five

Kagiso Rabada completed yet another five-wicket haul as South Africa dismissed Australia for 361 runs in the final innings and claimed a 177-run victory on the final day of the first Test in Perth to go 1-0 up in the series.

This was also Australia's first defeat at home since 2012 while South Africa continue their winning streak at WACA.

Australia started the day at 169 for four, needing an improbable 370 runs on the final day. After a cautious start which saw them play out three maiden overs, Usman Khawaja (97) and Mitchell Marsh (26) decided to play aggressively as they smashed 18 runs in the next three.

Just when they brought the 50-run stand, Marsh was dismissed LBW to give Rabada (5-92) his fourth wicket. The on-field call by umpire Aleem Dar was not out but the Proteas made a successful use of the review to get the decision overturned.

In the very first delivery of his Test career, Temba Bavuma (1-29) had Khawaja trapped plumb in front but to his frustration, he had overstepped. With couple more boundaries, Khawaja entered the 90s.

There was no happy ending for Khawaja as he was trapped LBW once again, but this time in the first ball of a new spell from JP Duminy (1-51). Even though, he reviewed, the ball went on to clip the leg stump staying with the umpire's call.

Rabada completed his five-wicket haul soon after dismissing Mitchell Starc (13) as Australia went into lunch at 263 for seven.

Peter Nevill (60 not out) and Peter Siddle (13) played out 10 overs between them before the latter was dismissed LBW by Vernon Philander (1-55) after South Africa decided to take the new ball, 12 overs later than it was due.

South Africa were kept waiting by a 65-run stand between Nevill and Jos Hazlewood (29). Even though, there were tough chances handed over by the pair, they played really well to pose a challenge to the Proteas bowlers.

Nevill completed his fifty off 138 deliveries but just at the stroke of tea, Bavuma claimed his maiden Test wicket, having Hazlewood caught in the covers which forced the umpires to extend the session by 30 minutes.

Keshav Maharaj (1-94) ended Australia's resistance in the 120th over when he trapped Nathan Lyon (8) LBW as the home team were bowled out for 161 runs, handing a massive 177-run win to the Proteas, who also take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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