RESULT
1st Test, Gqeberha, December 26 - 29, 2007, West Indies tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
408 & 175
(T:389) 195 & 260

West Indies won by 128 runs

Player Of The Match
94, 40 & 1/14
marlon-samuels
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
West Indies 408/10(133.4 overs)
1st INNINGS
Andre Nel3/85 (25.4)
Makhaya Ntini3/100 (30)
South Africa 195/10(62.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
Dwayne Bravo4/24 (13.1)
Daren Powell3/58 (17)
West Indies 175/10(57.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Paul Harris4/35 (15.4)
Dale Steyn3/67 (17)
South Africa 260/10(74.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Fidel Edwards3/37 (13)
Jerome Taylor3/66 (18)

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!

74.5
W
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!

Makhaya Ntini c Powell b Samuels 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Ganga moves in at forward short leg

74.4
Samuels to Ntini, no run

tossed up on off stump, Ntini prods forward and defends

74.3
Samuels to Ntini, no run

tossed up on middle and leg, well defended this time

74.2
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

74.1
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 Sammy 7-0-29-1
Marlon Samuels 6-1-14-0
73.6
1
Sammy to Ntini, 1 run

too full on the pads and he flicks uppishly past midwicket for one

73.5
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.

73.4
W
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

Andre Nel c †Ramdin b Sammy 34 (48m 37b 4x4 1x6) SR: 91.89
73.3
Sammy to Nel, no run

slower one, on a length outside off, he swipes and misses all ends up

73.2
1
Sammy to Steyn, 1 run

dances down again, makes a mess of the slog and it lands over mid-off

73.1
6
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 Samuels 6-1-14-0
Daren Sammy 6-0-21-0
72.6
Samuels to Nel, no run

quicker one on a length, Nel gets in line an pushes to silly point

72.5
Samuels to Nel, no run

lobbed up down leg stump, goes for a shot but the ball balloons off the pad

72.4
Samuels to Nel, no run

tossed up outside off, stretches forward and drives to cover

72.3
1
Samuels to Steyn, 1 run

tossed up wide, he drives, the ball's in the air for a while but Samuels is slow

72.2
1
Samuels to Nel, 1 run

slower one on off stump, he gets forward and nudges to extra cover

72.1
1
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 Sammy 6-0-21-0
Marlon Samuels 5-1-11-0
71.6
Sammy to Nel, no run

full again, outside off, and he drives nicely to extra cover

Where are the short deliveries, into the jugular?

71.5
1
Sammy to Steyn, 1 run

comes down, sees the full ball and drills it out to deep midwicket

71.4
1
Sammy to Nel, 1 run

full on leg stump, he plants the leg out and swings down to deep square leg

Best performances - batters
S Chanderpaul
S Chanderpaul WI
104 runs (253)
12 fours0 six
Control
90%
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
1 four0 six
1251123194822
MN Samuels
MN Samuels WI
94 runs (195)
12 fours0 six
Control
90%
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
1 four0 six
011023614832
Best performances - bowlers
DJ Bravo
DJ Bravo WI
O
13.1
M
3
R
24
W
4
ECO
1.82
PL Harris
PL Harris SA
O
15.4
M
5
R
35
W
4
ECO
2.23
Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
Series
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
West Indies
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 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
Zimbabwe
Russell Tiffin
TV Umpire
South Africa
Rudi Koertzen
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Roshan Mahanama
South Africa Innings
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