Cricket: Record-breaking South Africans

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South Africa 460 and 259-7 Pakistan 230 and 165

South Africa win by 324 runs South Africa belied their ranking of fifth-best Test side in the world by humiliating top-ranked Pakistan, winning the first Test between the two sides by 324 runs in Johannesburg yesterday.

The margin of victory was the highest recorded by a South African team. Pakistan also lost their proud record of never having been defeated by a team they were playing for the first time.

The game was all but over at tea on the fourth day and only Inzamam-ul-Haq, whose 86 runs included 14 boundaries off 167 balls overnight, stood firm as the wickets tumbled around him.

He was out in yesterday's morning session, which lasted only 31 minutes, off Fanie de Villiers' second ball of his second over of the day for the addition of only nine runs.

With this victory, a 2-1 series win against New Zealand and the Mandela Trophy they collected in the quadrangular one-day internationals by beating Pakistan 2-0, South Africa completed their best summer since 1970, when Ali Bacher's Springboks whitewashed Bill Lawry's Australians 4-0.

"You can't say you don't have the players until you've given them a chance," said the South African coach, the former England and Kent player, Bob Woolmer. "The one series I am really looking forward to is the end-of-the-year clash against England, but first there is the one Test against New Zealand."

De Villiers, described after the first innings by wicketkeeper David Richardson as "so lucky he could fall into a sewer and come out with a salmon," was the man of the match with figures of 10 for 108 and 66 not out.

(Fifth day; South Africa won toss)

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings 460 (McMillan 113, De Villiers 66no, Kirsten 62).

PAKISTAN - First Innings 230 (Salim Malik 99, de Villiers 6-81).

SOUTH AFRICA - Second Innings 259-7dec (Cullinan 69no).

PAKISTAN - Second Innings (Overnight: 149-7)

Inzamam-ul-Haq c Richardson b de Villiers 95

Kabir Khan c Eksteen b Donald 10

Aqib Javed c Richardson b de Villiers 0

Aamir Nazir not out 1

Extras lb7 b8 w1 nb3 19

Total 165

Fall (cont): 8-164 9-164

Bowling: Donald 15 3 53 2; De Villiers 19.3 11 27 4; McMillan 11 1 33 2; Eksteen 19 7 34 2; Cronje 5 23 0.

Man of the match: Fanie de Villiers.

Umpires: C Mitchley and M Kitchen.

n South Africa have recalled their opening batsman Andrew Hudson for the tour of New Zealand, where they will arrive on 10 February. He replaces John Commins, who strained his groin in the defeat of Pakistan.

SOUTH AFRICAN SQUAD (for tour of New Zealand): W J Cronje (capt), G Kirsten, A C Hudson, R Steyn, D J Cullinan, M Rindel, J N Rhodes, D J Callaghan, B M McMillan, D J Richardson (wkt), P L Symcox, C R Matthews, E Simons, C E Eksteen, P S de Villiers, A ADonald.

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