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Kyle Abbott's six-fer completes emphatic series victory for South Africa

South African players celebrating the series win over Australia
South African players celebrating the series win over Australia
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South Africa 326 (de Kock 104) beat
Australia 85 & 161 (Abbott 6-77) by an innings and 80 runs
Second Test, Hobart, day four

Riding on a six-wicket haul from Kyle Abbott, South Africa dismissed Australia for 161 runs and completed an innings victory on the fourth day of the second Test in Hobart.

In the process, South Africa also became the third team after England and West Indies to register their third consecutive series victory over Australia at their own backyard.

Australia resumed the day at 121 for two, still trailing the Proteas by 120 runs. Usman Khawaja (64) failed to carry on from the momentum he had on day three and nicked one to the keeper off Abbott (6-77) in the 41st over.

The pressure was evident on the Australians as he it took nearly 40 minutes in the day for Steven Smith (31) to score his first run.

Abbott handed Adam Voges (2) another failure while Kagiso Rabada (4-34) struck four times in quick succession to remove Callum Ferguson (1), Peter Nevill (6), Joe Mennie (0) and Smith to leave Australia reeling at 151 for eight.

After a tight spell from Vernon Philander (0-31), Abbott returned back and picked the remaining two wickets of Mitchell Starc (0) and Nathan Lyon (4) to complete a six-wicket haul as well.

The victory has given South Africa an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series with the third game to be be played in Adelaide will also be a day-night encounter.

Abbott was awarded the man of the match for his nine-wicket haul in the game.

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