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85 is Australia’s lowest total in a Test innings against South Africa at home Getty Images

The second Test of the series between Australia and South at Bellerive Oval, Hobart has taken a dramatic and unexpected turn in the game. Hobart is a venue, whose recent records says that this ground favours to the side which bats first. Since the start of this century to till now, there have been seven Tests played at this venue, excluding the ongoing match. Out of those seven games, in the first innings of each match, batting side were all out only twice and in rest other four occasions, team which bats first has scored at least 450 or above. Saturday’s day was another such rare day in Hobart, when team batting first were all out under 100. FULL SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

After winning the toss, South Africa invited Australia to bat first in a track which has good amount of grass and was visible that it will offer swing for pacers. South African pacers take the full advantage of that by exploiting the condition as their strike-bowler Vernon Philander scalped his 10th five wicket haul in Tests, while Kyle Abbott took three wickets. Australia lost half of their wickets in just 17 runs, which is their second lowest score of losing first five wickets in a Test innings at home. The lowest score for Australia at the fall of first five wickets is 16, which came long back in 1936 at Brisbane.

Philander was the architect of Australia’s batting collapse and Abbott played the supporting role in that. Nine out of Australia’s 10 wickets were because of either poor shot from their batsman or an excellent delivery from South African bowlers. They could score only 85 and thanks to their skipper Steven Smith for his lone 48-run knock. This will surely go in the history as one of the worst batting performances by Australia and meanwhile, watch and enjoy how they collapsed.

Rain is expected to interrupt in this game and with Australia getting all out so early in the match for such low total, one can still expect a result.