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Record-breaking Day in Cape Town

The scoreboard at the Newlands on Thursday when Australia folded for 47, right after South Africa had made 96.

In an epic day of cricket at Newlands, 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.

Australia lasted just 18 overs, or 108 balls, making this the fourth-shortest completed Test innings.

The day saw two extraordinary spells of wicket-taking.

Shane Watson took 5-15 with his first 21 deliveries of the day. To match that, debutant Vernon Philander 5-9 with his first 34 balls.

Philander ended with 5-15, the best innings figures by a South African Test debutant since Lance Klusener took 8-64 against India in 1996.

His match figures are right up there too.

One side will win tomorrow. It will create just the 12th instance of winning after scoring less than 100 in one of their innings.

Who will it be? Australia or South Africa?

Reactions on Twitter

@StuartBroad8 - 11.4 overs, 21-9. THIS is what bowlers dream about!!

@Eoin16 - 29-9..cracks me up!! Good luck chasing down 220+...haha

@bhogleharsha - funnily hardly anyone has got out fending, no one has been hit...it can't be the pitch. no pitch in the world is a 21-9 pitch

@ZaltzCricket - Will SA come to regret Smith dropping a sitter off Hughes when he was on 2? He went on to score a potentially match-turning 9

@Aggerscricket - What on earth is going on in Cape Town???!!

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