Kagiso Rabada’s last act before exit from series: A six-wicket win over Australia


In his last act of the tour, Kagiso Rabada set up South Africa’s series-leveling six-wicket win over Australia in the second test with another spell of furious fast bowling on Monday. He has been banned for the rest of the series after being found guilty of two charges of misconduct for aggressive wicket celebrations in the second test in Port Elizabeth.

Rabada attended a disciplinary hearing at St George’s Park on Sunday. His first offence, of intentionally bumping into Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing him in the first innings, earned the young quick three demerit points and took him over a disciplinary threshold. That led to an automatic two-test ban. He will miss the decisive tests in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He had also exacerbated his problems with a second charge in Port Elizabeth for screaming in the face of David Warner when he got the Aussie opener out in the second innings on Sunday. He was charged for that incident on Monday morning.

The pace bowler took the first three wickets of the fourth day – and started by ripping out Mitchell Marsh’s off stump in the first over – to improve his match-haul to 11 and hurry the Australians out for 239 and another batting failure in their second innings. South Africa clinched the win in Port Elizabeth by chasing down the meagre target of 101 before tea on the fourth day. It wasn’t straightforward, with Australia removing Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers in quick succession and the South Africans at 81-4.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis took control to see his team home with Theunis de Bruyn. The South African victory stops Australia’s momentum and gives the home team a chance of a first home series win over the Aussies since 1970. Australia have been dominant in South Africa since the end of apartheid. Rabada’s early blitz ensured Australia, 180-5 overnight, didn’t get too much more in its second innings at St. George’s.

Marsh was out from the sixth ball of the day, with the Australian seeming to swear at Rabada as he walked off in another unsavoury incident in one of the most ill-tempered cricket series in recent memory.

Rabada’s 6-54 followed his 5-96 in the first innings and it was his fourth 10-wicket haul in tests. It’s taken Rabada 28 tests to get those four 10-wicket hauls, an astonishingly impressive record which underlines the talent of the young quick. In comparison, Dale Steyn has five 10-wicket hauls but in 86 test matches. South Africa great Al lan Donald only had three 10-wicket hauls in his 72-test career.

Source: Economic Times