South African bowler Vernon Philander celebrates victory in the first Test against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa.
South African bowler Vernon Philander celebrates victory in the first Test against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa. Getty Images

Easy 8-wicket win for South Africa

SOUTH Africa have cantered to an eight-wicket victory over Australia on day three of a memorable Test match in Cape Town.

The Proteas needed 155 runs at the start of play, and had the 236-run target all wrapped up before lunch in just over 50 overs.

The mayhem from day two abated, and experienced statesmen Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla restored some sanity to proceedings by both scoring tons and combining for an emphatic 195-run second-wicket partnership.

Australia were left to rue poor fielding to go with their dismal batting performance.

Amla was inexplicably dropped twice on his way to a brutal 112 from 134 balls.

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