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Australia beat South Africa to win the series, lead 2-0 in the series

Australia beat South Africa to win the series, lead 2-0 in the series

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Australia beat South Africa by an innings and 182 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Thursday, the fourth day of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Melbourne. Spinner Nathan Lyon took three for 58 as Australia thrashed South Africa by an innings and 182 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. . Australia will now try to clean sweep the series by winning the third and final Test match to be held in Sydney from January 4. South Africa, after trailing by 385 runs in the first innings, could not do well in the second innings as well and their entire team was dismissed for 204 runs.

Temba Bavuma top-scored for South Africa in the second innings with 65, but in the meantime two players had to be run out and returned to the pavilion. Australia have won a home series against South Africa for the first time since 2005–06. Meanwhile, South Africa had won three Test series in Australia. South Africa were 15 for one and lost three wickets in the morning session. Mitchell Starc, recovering from a finger injury, gave Australia their first breakthrough of the morning when Sarel Ervi (21) was lbw with a sharp yorker, reducing the score to 47 for two.

10 runs later, fast bowler Scott Boland had Theunis de Bruyn (28) caught at second slip while Khaya Jondo (one) was run out to leave the score at 65 for four. Bavuma and Kyle Verrein (33) added 63 runs for the fifth wicket. Boland (2 for 49) broke the partnership in the fourth over after lunch by dismissing Vereyn lbw. Marco Jansen (five), who scored a half-century in the first innings, was lbw by Lyon. Bavuma sent back Keshav Maharaj (13) and got him run out. He then played a slog shot on Leon and gave an easy catch at mid-on.

Lyon then took his third wicket in the form of Kagiso Rabada (three). Anrich Norkia (8 not out) and Lungi Ngidi (19) added 27 runs for the last wicket to take South Africa past the 200-run mark. Australia bowled out South Africa for 189 in the first innings with the help of a five-wicket haul from medium pacer Cameron Green. Australia, in reply, declared their first innings 575 for nine with the help of opener David Warner’s 200 and Alex Carey’s 111.

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