Thursday, November 10, 2011

Record-breaking Day in Cape Town

Record-breaking Day in Cape Town
In an epic day of cricket at New lands, Cape Town, several records were shattered - but not in a manner the two teams would appreciate.

Australia folded for 47 in their second innings, a collapse so dramatic, it took only a few minutes for South Africa's supporters to get over the fact that their team had made just 96.

It was a day that belonged more in the 19th century, when such collapses were more commonplace due to uncovered wickets and lack of protective gear for batsmen.

Not Since 1896...

In this extraordinary day, 23 wickets fell, with both teams batting twice. Australia completed their first innings by losing two wickets today. South Africa went to lunch at 49-1.

By the end of the noon session, 12 more wickets had fallen on both sides, for 60 runs.

Eight more wickets fell in the evening session, but only one on the South African side, displaying that it wasn't the pitch causing the damage but the batsmen's poor judgement.

The last time more wickets fell in a single day's play in a Test match was 115 years ago in 1896. Australia, playing England at the Oval, were bowled out for 44 chasing 111, right after bowling England out for 84.

Australia were 21-9 at one stage. It was the 26-run last-wicket partnership between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon that helped them avoid breaking New Zealand's record for the lowest Test score. But their 47 still is the 10th lowest score in a Test innings.

Lyon, batting at No. 11, top-scored with 14.


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