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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 December 2007, 20:13 GMT
West Indies in historic Test win
First Test, Port Elizabeth (day four): W Indies 408 & 175 beat S Africa 195 & 260 by 128 runs

Fidel Edwards
Fidel Edwards starred in West Indies' first Test win in South Africa

West Indies won their first Test since May 2005 and their first ever in South Africa with a landmark 128-run victory in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The Proteas dismissed the tourists for 175 early on day four, but their batsmen never looked like making 389.

Jacques Kallis (85) and AB de Villiers (60) resisted, but the rest crumbled.

Fidel Edwards (3-37) and Jerome Taylor (3-66) shone as the Windies beat a top nation away for the first time since beating England at Edgbaston in 2000.

After that Birmingham win, they had endured an away record of four wins - all against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh - eight draws and 32 defeats.

And their overall record in South Africa had been eight losses and one draw.


"Everyone played a part in this win," said captain Chris Gayle, who was leading the team in a Test for the first time.

"It's unbelievable, especially since we are just getting to know our new coach John Dyson. But we are really going to enjoy this victory.

"It's not the series, but it's a win and it feels really good. Beating South Africa in four days on [their] home soil is tremendous - it's my best match so far."

The visitors added 29 to their overnight 146-8, in which time Daren Powell edged a Harris delivery into his stumps and Taylor was caught at long-on after striking 22 from just 28 balls.

The Proteas were quickly in trouble at the start of their second innings when Herschelle Gibbs fell for his second duck of the match, Powell winning an lbw appeal as the batsman offered no shot to ball angling in from outside off-stump.

Jaques Kallis
Jaques Kallis (85) shared a 112-run partnership with AB de Villiers (60)

Hashim Amla edged Edwards behind and it was 20-3 when the same bowler surprised skipper Graeme Smith with a bumper which he could only fend to short-leg.

The arrival of Kallis changed South Africa's fortunes ever so slightly with the all-rounder providing some stability in the middle.

Ashwell Prince was snapped up at first slip off Taylor before Kallis and De Villiers went on to add 112, easily the highest partnership of the innings.

Kallis' beautifully-crafted knock was brought to an end shortly after tea in controversial fashion as he pulled Edwards and the ball clipped his shoulder to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.

Umpire Russell Tiffin upheld West Indies appeals for a catch to send a disbelieving Kallis back to the pavilion.

Mark Boucher provided a useful ally for De Villiers until bottom-edging a pull shot against Taylor onto his stumps and Harris went soon after to Dwayne Bravo.

De Villiers finally holed out to mid-on off Taylor and though Andre Nel (34) and Dale Steyn (33) added an entertaining 67 they were only delaying the inevitable.

We didn't get our basics right, and we didn't adapt to the pitch well enough

Graeme Smith

Smith said the visitors deserved their momentous triumph, adding: "We let ourselves down in the first innings with the ball and with the bat.

"We allowed them to get to a first-innings total that was always going to make it difficult for us to come back from, and then we didn't bat well.

"We didn't get our basics right, and we didn't adapt to the pitch well enough which seems to be a theme with us here."

South Africa - ranked second in the world before the Port Elizabeth Test - look set to ring the changes.

Gibbs's place will come under scrutiny and the experienced Shaun Pollock may return for the two remaining Tests in early January.

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