Second test: Kagiso Rabada rips into Australia as South Africa level series 1-1
Pacer claims 6-54 as Proteas beat Australia by six wickets to level series 1-1
SA's pacer Kagiso Rabada (left) celebrates the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh yesterday. Pic/AFP
Kagiso Rabada put aside his disciplinary concerns to set up a series-levelling win for South Africa on Day Four of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park here yesterday.
South Africa won by six wickets after Rabada's fast bowling ensured they needed to chase a modest 101 runs for victory. The fast bowler took 6-54 as Australia were bowled out for 239 in their second innings. South Africa lost four wickets before Theunis de Bruyn hit the winning runs. AB de Villiers, whose 126 not out enabled South Africa to lead by 139 runs on the first innings, hit a quick 28 off 26 balls before he was caught at short leg off Nathan Lyon with 20 runs still needed.
Rabada took the first three of the five Australian wickets that fell for the addition of 59 runs on Monday. He had match figures of 11-150 — the fourth time in his 28-Test career that he had 10 or more wickets in a match. Rabada struck in the first over of the morning when he bowled Mitchell Marsh for 45 with a ball which swung in sharply.
Pat Cummins fell to a sharp catch at gully by Theunis de Bruyn and Mitchell Starc edged a drive to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Lyon was caught behind off Lungi Ngidi and last man Josh Hazlewood hit a quick 17 before being caught in the deep off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. Tim Paine was left unbeaten on 28. Lyon was brought on for the last over before lunch and with his first ball caught Dean Elgar off a leading edge as the left-handed batsman stretched forward. It was a near-replica of Elgar's dismissal to the off-spinner in the first innings of the first Test in Durban.
Aiden Markram (21) had an escape in the second over of South Africa's chase. With his score on six he was dropped at first slip by Mitchell Marsh off Hazlewood.
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