Rabada sets up South Africa win

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AFP) — Kagiso Rabada put aside his disciplinary concerns to set up a series-levelling win for South Africa on yesterday's fourth day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park.

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, who faces a ban from the remaining two Tests of the series, 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 yesterday. 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.

But he admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets.

Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Australian Captain Steve Smith after dismissing Smith in the first innings.

He was fined 50 per cent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.

That took his total of points after three previous offences to eight and triggered an automatic two-Test ban.

Rabada accepted a second charge after a send-off of David Warner in the second innings and received a further fine of 15 per cent of his match fee and an additional demerit point.

“It's going to have to stop,” he said. “I'm letting the team down and letting myself down.”




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