With Kagiso Rabada spearheading the South African bowling attack in the absence of Dale Steyn due to injury on day 2 of the first test against Australia, the South Africans have posted one of their greatest test victories ever by defeating the home team by a massive 177 runs margin at WACA, Perth.
Making the most out of the wearing WACA pitch, the 21-year-old South African pacer scalped five wickets to help his team cross the winning line. Chasing a massive total of 539 runs for victory, the Australians were never in charge of the game. The late blitz from the tail only helped the home team to save itself from total embarrassment. With this defeat, the Australians have ended their winning streak of 18 tests without a loss at home. Also, this is the fourth consecutive defeat for Australia in tests and the first after 1988 to lose a match in the first match of a test series.
Entering the final day of play with an impossible to achieve the target, Khawaja and Marsh tried their best to remain at the crease for a longer time. The duo played some solid cricket with Khawaja displaying his best form under pressure after his recent poor performances in test cricket, something for the Australian team to cheer for from this match. Just when the partnership between Khawaja and Marsh started to take off, Marsh was judged out for a controversial DRS decision landing Australia in further trouble.
Earlier in the first two days of the match, the game looked evenly poised with both the teams scoring 240s at the end of their first innings. However, the fate of the match changed drastically with South Africans scoring 540 in their second innings with the help of Elgar (127) and Duminy (141). In return, chasing a massive target the Australians have given up early in their fight with only Khawaja (97) and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill(60) managing to cross an individual total of 50 runs.
At the end, the Australians were all out for 361 runs handing South Africa a 177 runs victory. Pacer Rabada rattled the Australian second innings with bowling figures of 5/92 while Duminy, Philander, Bavuma and Spinner Maharaj scalped a wicket each.