Australia is going through its most devastating wreckage lately. The team has been facing consecutive losses since five ODIs as well as five Tests, the fresh being the latest low score defeat from South Africa. While the visitors are taking on the grounds without their captain cum top batsman AB de Villiers as well as top bowler Dayle Steyn, Australia has been limited to paltry runs with their fiercest players like Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith. South Africa bowlers, Philander, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada emerged as the real pain for Aussie batsmen. In the second Test, South Africa won by innings and 80 runs, sweeping the series from Australia.
The first inning of the second test came out as the crush for Australia. None of its batsmen could came up with good runs with only Steven Smith standing unbeaten with a score of 48. Joe Minnie barely reached 10 and the rest were removed at single figures or ducks. The inning lasted only for 32.5 overs, with Australia dragging its score to 85. The collapse came up as an attack from Vernon Philander, who scalped five wickets. He, with Kyle Abbott took down the top order. Rabada had Peter Nevil in the middle, before Philander and Abbott again struck back.
South Africa was strong in its stance. It was barely a chase for the team, as they posed 326 in their first inning. The team played an average inning with Quinton de Kock beating a century and Temba Bavuma racking up a half century. Hassim Amla scored 47 and Vernon Philander had 32 runs. Australia had some success in the first half of the inning as they had four wickets for 76 runs. JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis could not make a difference in the inning. The momentum was on only when Bavuma and de Kock partnered for the big runs. De Kock scored 104, while Bavuma added 74. The players took the score close to 300. When Bavuma was dismissed, the tally was at 292. Finally, Australia bowled for about seven more overs that lest SA to haul the score to 326, way ahead of Australia.
In the second inning, Australia added 161 runs. The strike was better from the front-line batsmen. David Warner scored 45 while Usman Khawaja had 64. Although Joe Burns, who was promoted to an opener, was down in the fourth delivery, the next wicket for South Africa came only after 22 overs. David Warner fell on the delivery by Abbott.
Khawaja, then partnered with captain Steven Smith for about 18 overs steering the inning to 129. After his wicket, the next stretch was a complete collapse of the team. Eight batsmen, including Smith, were dismissed for 32 runs. It took 20.1 overs for South Africa bowlers to take down the squad. The team was cleared by Kyle Abbott and Rabada alone taking down 6 wickets and 4 respectively. The inning ended at 161. For Australia, the figures were the fourth lowest in any test match at home.
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