Rabada’s 11-for sets up Proteas win
Port Elizabeth, March 12
Kagiso Rabada took 11 wickets in the match as South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the second Test on Monday to level the four-match series. South Africa made heavy work of reaching their modest target before captain Faf du Plessis (2) and Theunis de Bruyn (11) guided them to 102/4.The 22-year-old Rabada was the outstanding performer on Monday as he ripped through Australia, who started on 180/5 with a 41-run lead.He completed figures of 6/54 and a match aggregate of 11/150, the fourth time he has taken 10 or more wickets in a Test. The tourists lost Mitchell Marsh (45) in the first over as Rabada uprooted his middle stump before Pat Cummins (5) was well caught in the gully by de Bruyn.Rabada got his third in quick succession as Mitchell Starc (1) edged a drive to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Lungi Ngidi (2/24) had Nathan Lyon (5) caught by De Kock, before Tim Paine (28*) and Josh Hazlewood (17) added 28 for the final wicket as Australia were dismissed for 239.South Africa lost wickets regularly with opener Dean Elgar (5) going cheaply to be followed after lunch by Aiden Markram (21), Hashim Amla (27) and AB de Villiers for 28.
Banned for two Tests
Rabada was banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia — and 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 percent 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. “It’s going to have to stop,” he said. “I’m letting the team down and letting myself down.”Cricket South Africa immediately announced they had 48 hours to appeal the decision and were seeking legal opinion. CSA said Rabada would remain suspended unless a judicial commissioner was appointed early and allowed him to play pending a final decision.Rabada accepted a second charge after a send-off of David Warner in the second innings and received a further fine of 15 percent of his match fee and an additional demerit point. — AgenciesBrief Scores: Australia: 243 and 239 (Khawaja 75; Rabada 6/54); South Africa: 382 (de Villiers 126*, Elgar 57, Amla 56, Cummins 3/79) and 102/4 (A Markram 21, AB de Villiers 28; N Lyon 2/44).