1st Test, Port Elizabeth, Dec 26-29 2007, West Indies tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
408 & 175
(74.5 ov, target 389)
195 & 260
West Indies won by 128 runs
Player Of The Match
West Indies
• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

West Indies collapse gives South Africa hope

After being outclassed through most of the first three days of the Test, South Africa fought back superbly in the field to give themselves a chance - a slim one, admittedly - of pulling off an incredible victory

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Scorecard summary
West Indies408(133.4 overs)1st Innings
South Africa195(62.1 overs)1st Innings
Hashim Amla29 (30)
Dwayne Bravo4/24(13.1)
West Indies175(57.4 overs)2nd Innings
Daren Ganga45 (125)
Paul Harris4/35(15.4)
Dale Steyn3/67(17)
South Africa260(74.5 overs)2nd Innings

This will be a sweet, sweet win for West Indies, their first taste of success since May 2005 at home. Not many gave them a chance when they landed in South Africa but they've dominated almost every session of this Test to take the series opener by 128 runs. Its their first overseas win (excluding against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) since they beat England at Edgbaston in 2000. Wonderful to see them smiling proudly as they embrace each other.

For Dwayne Bravo, its his first win in 24 Tests ... wow. Spectacular win for West Indies, their first in South Africa. The hosts were outplayed in this Test and move to Cape Town down 0-1.

First up, Graeme Smith: "Our skills in the first two days let us down ... we played poor cricket ... they deserved victory ... we never performed as well as we hoped ... its hugely disappointing ... we need to regroup and use this pain to come back hard in the second Test ... we need to battle hard and grind out more than we did in this game ... this is a new challenge for us ..."

Next, Chris Gayle, cool as ever: "(laughing as the stats are rattled off) I'd like to thank the guys...first win in seven years, and first in South Africa ... its unbelievable, trust me ... I'm very pleased ... I really wanted to play this Test and be with the guys, and the decision paid off ... credit to South Africa, the second-best team in the world ... the new coach John [Dyson] has been terrific ... hats off to all the guys ... we have work to do, especially in fielding, but no complacency now ..."

And last, its Man-of-the-match Marlon Samuels: "I'm great full for the support from my team ... I need a couple more centuries ... and hope we can win some more cricket ..."

Whew, its been some Test match, hasn't it? I hope you've enjoyed it as much as George and I did, bringing you the commentary over four days. Thanks for tuning in to Cricinfo again.

The second Test starts on January 2 at 10:30 local, 08:30 GMT so do join us again. Until next time, this is Jamie Alter signing off on behalf of all of us at Cricinfo. Goodbye for now!

Samuels to Ntini, OUT
and there's a historic win for West Indies, as Ntini spoons a top-edge to Powell, running around from mid-off and holding it at extra cover!
M Ntini c Powell b Samuels 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Ganga moves in at forward short leg

Samuels to Ntini, no run
tossed up on off stump, Ntini prods forward and defends
Samuels to Ntini, no run
tossed up on middle and leg, well defended this time
Samuels to Ntini, no run
dropped by Powell at mid-off! Ntini drills it hard but he dives and makes a total mess of a regulation catch
Samuels to Ntini, no run
tossed up from around the stumps, he comes forward and defends
end of over 748 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 260/9CRR: 3.51 
Makhaya Ntini1 (2)
Dale Steyn33 (26)
Daren Sammy7-0-29-1
Marlon Samuels6-1-14-0
Sammy to Ntini, 1 run
too full on the pads and he flicks uppishly past midwicket for one
Sammy to Ntini, no run
good length, slipping in from off stump, Ntini comes forward and defends

Makhaya Ntini is the last man in. West Indies one away from a historic Test win.

Sammy to Nel, OUT
party's over for Nel! Sammy gets a wicket, pitching full outside off stump, Nel pokes at it leaden-footed and gets a thin feather through to Ramdin and South Africa are nine down
A Nel c †Ramdin b Sammy 34 (48m 37b 4x4 1x6) SR: 91.89
Sammy to Nel, no run
slower one, on a length outside off, he swipes and misses all ends up
Sammy to Steyn, 1 run
dances down again, makes a mess of the slog and it lands over mid-off
Sammy to Steyn, SIX runs
oh hello, he's literally smoked that, dancing down and creaming over cover
end of over 733 runs
SA: 252/8CRR: 3.45 
Andre Nel34 (35)
Dale Steyn26 (24)
Marlon Samuels6-1-14-0
Daren Sammy6-0-21-0
Samuels to Nel, no run
quicker one on a length, Nel gets in line an pushes to silly point
Samuels to Nel, no run
lobbed up down leg stump, goes for a shot but the ball balloons off the pad
Samuels to Nel, no run
tossed up outside off, stretches forward and drives to cover
Samuels to Steyn, 1 run
tossed up wide, he drives, the ball's in the air for a while but Samuels is slow
Samuels to Nel, 1 run
slower one on off stump, he gets forward and nudges to extra cover
Samuels to Steyn, 1 run
tossed up on middle and off, he plants his leg out and slams it down to long-on and thats his best score till date
end of over 728 runs
SA: 249/8CRR: 3.45 
Andre Nel33 (31)
Dale Steyn24 (22)
Daren Sammy6-0-21-0
Marlon Samuels5-1-11-0
Sammy to Nel, no run
full again, outside off, and he drives nicely to extra cover
Best performances - batsmen
S Chanderpaul
104 runs (253)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
MN Samuels
94 runs (195)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
DJ Bravo
PL Harris
Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa , elected to field first
SeriesWest Indies tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
Player Of The Match
Marlon Samuels
Series resultWest Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1856
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2007 (5-day match)
Russell Tiffin
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Rudi Koertzen
Reserve Umpire
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama