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AUS vs RSA 2nd test: Australia decimate hapless South Africa at the MCG to claim test series

Australia win the 2nd test against South Africa

Australia defeated South Africa by an innings and 181 runs in the second Test of their three-match series, securing a 2-0 lead. The match took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and saw South Africa bowled out for 204 in their second innings, following a 386-run deficit in the first.

The Proteas’ Temba Bavuma scored the only half-century of the second innings, but also caused problems for his teammates with the run-outs of Khaya Zondo and Keshav Maharaj. South Africa faced a weakened Australian attack and lost three wickets for 18 runs after resuming at 15 for one.

Opener Sarel Erwee was dismissed by a yorker from Mitchell Starc, and Theunis de Bruyn was caught by Steve Smith off a delivery from Scott Boland.

Scott Boland took two wickets, and Nathan Lyon finished with 3-58 as South Africa were bowled out. David Warner was named Player of the Match for his impressive double-century in the first innings.

However, Mitchell Starc, who dislocated a finger on the first day but still bowled 18 overs in the second innings, will not be available for the third Test. All-rounder Cameron Green, who scored an unbeaten 51 and took 5-27 in the first innings, is also out due to a broken finger.

The Australian bowlers set up the win in the 1st innings when they bowled out the South Africans for 189. David Warner hit a double century in his 100th test, while Alex Carey hit a century as well to power Australia to 575. The hosts have won against South Africa at home for the first time in two decades as they last won a series in 2001.

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