Again, the Proteas has overwhelmingly crushed Australia on the fourth morning of the second Test at Hobart. While there are still two sessions to spare, Proteas with the victory, have claimed another series win.
The victory will go down as their third successive series win in Australia following the 2008 and 2012 triumphs.
Proteas suffered Australia to an uglier collapse than in the first innings. They lost 8 wickets for 32 runs to the combined humiliation from Match Kyle Abbott – Man of the Match – Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. The winning scale was an innings and 80 runs.
Although Abbott and Radada shared the wickets today, Philander propelled the Proteas to victory with his steady and perfect bowling. He bowled 31 balls before he conceded a run on the morning with Australian captain Steve Smith taking 40 minutes to get off the mark.
It was obvious that Philander’s efforts motivated the ugly collapse of the Aussies that came shortly afterward.
It started with Abbott’s breakthroughs. He successfully eliminated Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges. Thereafter, Rabada floored the middle and lower order with his exceptional hostility and pace. It was too good for the opponents to manage. They failed to, and Abbott finished up the tail.
Clearly, Abbott couldn’t have done a better job as the replacement for Dale Steyn. While he took 6/77 in 23.1 overs to finish with a match return of 9/118, Rabada engendered fear among the Australian batsmen with his 4/9.
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Celebrating the victory, Cricket South Africa asserted that it’s Proteas’ most devastating win ever over Australia on Australian soil.
“This is certainly the Proteas most devastating win ever over Australia on Australian soil which is saying a lot considering some of the memorable moments that have occurred in the past. It includes matching the performances of the great West Indies side of the late 1980s and early 1990s of winning three series in a row in Australia.
“The opportunity is now there in the day/night Test at Adelaide to complete a first ever clean sweep on Australian soil. This victory comes the day after the 25th anniversary of the Proteas first ever international victory in the third ODI of the 1991 series in India at Delhi,” stated Cricket South Africa.