PORT ELIZABETH: Kagiso Rabada put aside his disciplinary concerns to set up a series-levelling win for South Africa on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia here at St George’s Park on Monday.
South Africa won by six wickets after Rabada’s fast bowling ensured they needed to chase a modest 101 runs for victory.
The 22-year-old fast bowler, who was banned for the remaining two Tests of the series for inappropriate on-field behaviour during the Port Elizabeth Test, took six for 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.
A.B. 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 for 150 -- the fourth time in his 28-Test career that he had ten 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 wicket-keeper 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 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.
Markram made 21 before he was caught by Smith at second slip off Hazlewood.
Hashim Amla and De Villiers added 49 before both were dismissed with the total on 81. Amla was caught behind off Pat Cummins for 27 and De Villiers fell to Lyon three balls later.--
AUSTRALIA (1st Innings) 243 SOUTH AFRICA (1st Innings) 382 AUSTRALIA (2nd Innings, overnight 180-5): C. Bancroft b Ngidi 24 D. Warner b Rabada 13 U. Khawaja lbw b Rabada 75 S. Smith c De Kock b Maharaj 11 S. Marsh c De Kock b Rabada 1 M. Marsh b Rabada 45 T. Paine not out 28 P. Cummins c De Bruyn b Rabada 5 M. Starc c De Kock b Rabada 1 N. Lyon c De Kock b Ngidi 5 J. Hazlewood c Ngidi b Maharaj 17 EXTRAS (B-2, LB-10, W-2) 14 TOTAL (all out, 79 overs) 239 FALL OF WKTS: 1-27, 2-62, 3-77, 4-86, 5-173, 6-186, 7-202, 8-204, 9-211 BOWLING: Philander 18-5-56-0; Rabada 22-9-54-6 (1w); Maharaj 23-2-90-2; Ngidi 13-5-24-2; Markram 3-1-3-0 SOUTH AFRICA (2nd Innings): A. Markram c Smith b Hazlewood 21 D. Elgar c and b Lyon 5 H. Amla c Paine b Cummins 27 A.B. de Villiers c Bancroft b Lyon 28 F. du Plessis not out 2 T. de Bruyn not out 15 EXTRAS (B-4) 4 TOTAL (for four wkts, 22.5 overs) 102 FALL OF WKTS: 1-22, 2-32, 3-81, 4-81 BOWLING: Starc 3-0-15-0; Hazlewood 6-0-26-1; Lyon 9-0-44-2; Cummins 4.5-0-13-1 RESULT: South Africa won by six wickets. MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Kagiso Rabada SERIES: The four-match series level at 1-1 UMPIRES: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Sunderam Ravi (India) TV UMPIRE: Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand) MATCH REFEREE: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand) Note: Ravi and Gaffaney swapped roles after day one because Gaffaney was ill. THIRD TEST: March 22-26, Cape Town
Published in Dawn, March 13th, 2018