The highly-anticipated Gabba Test between Australia and South Africa only lasted two days, and the hosts managed to register a victory by six wickets. It was just the second time in history that a Test match in Australia was finished in the space of two days.

The green top surface wreaked havoc on both batting line-ups, as 34 wickets fell in six sessions of the game. After packing South Africa for 99 on Sunday afternoon, Australia had a mere 34-run target to win the contest.

The run-chase, which could have been a cakewalk, was nothing but pure chaos as the hosts ended up losing four wickets before eventually reaching the target.

Earlier on the day, Australia resumed their first innings at 5/145, with Travis Head cruising towards another Test century. However, the left-handed batter fell eight runs short of a triple-figure score after being dismissed by Proteas seamer Marco Jansen. The rest of Australia’s lower order couldn’t do much, and the home team only managed to get a first-innings lead of 66, which ultimately proved to be more than enough.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins was the chief destroyer in the second innings, bagging his eighth five-wicket haul in the red-ball format and finishing with figures of 5/42 from 12.4 overs as the tourists were bundled out for 99 – their lowest team total on Australian soil in 90 years.

Brief Scores: Australia 218 (Travis Head 92, Kagiso Rabada 4/76) and 35/4 (Marnus Labuschagne 5*, Rabada 4/13) beat South Africa 152 (Kyle Verreynne 64, Nathan Lyon 3/14) and 99 (Temba Bavuma 29, Pat Cummins 5/42) by six wickets.

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