South Africa beat Australia by 177 runs in the series-opening test at the WACA to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Young paceman Kagiso Rabada led the way for the Proteas with 5-92 was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match. The South Africans entered the series without injured captain A.B. de Villiers, and their depth was tested severely when pace spearhead Dale Steyn fractured his right shoulder on the second day and was ruled out of the remainder of the series.
The young attack, led by Rabada’s 5-92 in the second innings, rallied to ensure South Africa continued its unbeaten run in tests at the WACA ground and ended a long streak for the Australians, who hadn’t lost the first test of a home series since 1988.
Toss – South Africa
Result – South Africa won by 177 runs
Series – South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Player of the match – K Rabada (South Africa)