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Rain washes out day two of Australia vs SA Test

November 13, 2016 09:32 IST

Rain washed out day two of the second Test between Australia and South Africa in Hobart on Sunday.

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Temba Bavuma (38 not out) and Quinton de Kock (28 not out) were to have resumed at Bellerive Oval with South Africa on 171 for five, a lead of 86 runs after bowling Australia out for 85 on day one.

But the start was delayed and persistent rain led match officials to call off the day's play shortly after 2 p.m. local time (0830 IST).

Led by a five-wicket haul from Vernon Philander, South Africa bowled Australia out in 32.5 overs on Day 1 on Saturday, for their lowest total at home since a 76 against West Indies in Perth in 1984.

It was also the lowest total of any team at Bellerive Oval and well short of Australia's previous nadir against the Proteas, a 111 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1994.

Thrashed by 177 runs in the opener in Perth, Australia's hopes of a series-levelling victory looked all but dashed. They face a monumental task just to save the match and prevent South Africa closing out the tournament with a game in hand.

Captain Steve Smith was the only Australian batsman to show defiance with an unbeaten 48, while debutant paceman Joe Mennie (10) was his only team mate to reach double figures.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the opener in Perth by 177 runs.

The third Test starts in Adelaide on November 24.

Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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