Proteas pack first Punch
The Proteas drew first blood after winning the first test of their three test series against England at the Oval yesterday. In a match dominated by the visiting team, SA won by an Innings and 12 runs.
South Africa’s emphatic victory would be the first in 95 years at the Oval Cricket Grounds and the Proteas could not achieve that feat in any finer style.
A number of standout performances would play a major role in England’s demise. Tons (100) by both Graeme Smith and Jacque Kallis would stand their side in good stead but in was no doubt the silent assassin, Hashim Amla record breaking 311* that saw his side take dominate the first test in ruthless style. Amla was the first South African to break the three-ton barrier and has sparked excitement and craze around the world following his super performance.
Not to be outdone the bowling unit of Steyn (7 for 155), Morkel (5 for 113), Tahir (4 for 124), Philander (2 for 108) and Kallis (2 for 60) still had a lot to do on the final day to dismiss the hosts. Steyn capturing figures of 5 for 56 in the final innings.
With one test in the bag, the Proteas now only need one more victory to claim the number on Test rankings. With this in mind, the following test is set to be a nail-biting encounter.