PHOTOS: South Africa hand Australia rare first Test defeat since 1988

This is Australia's first loss since 1988 when the team suffered a defeat in the first Test of a home season.

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Perth, Nov 7: Kagiso Rabada's five-wicket-haul helped South Africa win by 177 runs here to hand Australia a rare defeat in the first home cricket Test of their season on Monday (Nov 7).

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Chasing a massive target of 539, Australia were dismissed in their second innings for 361 on the final day as they succumbed to their fourth straight Test defeat.

This is Australia's first loss since 1988 when the team suffered a defeat in the first Test of a home season. Young Rabada stepped up after Dale Steyn's shoulder injury to help South Africa complete a remarkable victory.

Debutant spinner Keshav Maharaj (1-94) delivered the final blow, trapping number 11 Nathan Lyon lbw for eight, with Peter Nevill unbeaten on 60.

Steven Smith's Australia lost all three Tests on their tour of Sri Lanka in July and August, and they will now look for a quick recovery at this week's second Test in Hobart.

Here are the images of South Africa's victory in first Test:

South Africa hand Australia rare first Test defeat since 1988

Rabada is shaping as a perfect long-term replacement for Dale Steyn, who is often sitting on the benches due to frequent injuries.

South Africa hand Australia rare first Test defeat since 1988

JP Duminy capped his fine match, having made a century in South Africa's second innings, by claiming the wicket of Khawaja with his part-time spin, lbw for 97.

South Africa hand Australia rare first Test defeat since 1988

Victorious South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and his team mates celebrate the win against Australia. 

South Africa hand Australia rare first Test defeat since 1988

Australia's Peter Nevill remained unbeaten at 60 and faced 153 balls. 

South Africa hand Australia rare first Test defeat since 1988

Dean Elgar laid the foundation for South Africa's win with his 127-run-knock in the second innings.

Kagiso Rabada shaping as a replacement for Dale Steyn

Australia hadn't lost the first Test of a home season since 1988, but Rabada stepped up after Dale Steyn's shoulder injury to help South Africa complete a remarkable victory.

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