First Test
Anrich Nortje in action against England | Picture: ICC

South Africa on Sunday defeated England in the first Test of the four-match series here at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Kagiso Rabada starred with the ball, scalping seven wickets in the game as the Proteas won the game by 107 runs.

Chasing a total of 376, England were bundled out for 268 in the second innings.

After a brilliant start to their run chase, England lost seven wickets within a space of just 64 runs.

After an opening 92 run stand between Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, England looked all set for a famous victory before Sibley was caught and bowled by Keshav Maharaj.

Joe Denly then joined Burns in the middles, as the pair went on to add another 47 runs before the latter was dismissed by Anrich Nortje, reducing the visitors to 139/2.

Burns was dismissed for 84.

19 runs later, England suffered another blow as Joe Denly, who was looking sharp, was trapped leg-before-wicket by Dwayne Pretorious.

Skipper Joe Root and Ben Stokes added 46 runs for the next wicket before Rabada and Nortje drove through England’s middle order.

For South Africa, Rabada bagged four wickets while Nortje took three wickets.

Earlier, South Africa was bundled out for 278 in the second innings.

In the first innings, South Africa and England were bundled out for 284 and 181, respectively.

Earlier, England had won the toss and decided to bowl in the first Test.

This was South Africa’s first Test victory since beating Sri Lanka back in March.

As a result, the Proteas decided to have a change in management with former wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher replacing Ottis Gibson as head coach.

The second Test will be played in Cape Town from January 3-7.

 

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