Proteas

Rabada inspires memorable Proteas win

2016-11-07 09:30
Kagiso Rabada (Getty)

Cape Town - Kagiso Rabada's 5/92 inspired the Proteas to a memorable 177-run victory over Australia in the first Test at the WACA on Monday. 

It is hard to think of a Test match more captivating, and given the circumstances it is surely one of the finest performances in South Africa's history in the longer format. 

SCOREBOARD: AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA

At the end of day one the Proteas had been bowled out for 242 while a David Warner-inspired Australia were sitting pretty on 105/0.

At that point, a South African triumph seemed highly unlikely and then almost impossible when Dale Steyn walked off injured on day two with the Aussies just one wicket down. 

But Rabada, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj put in inspiring displays to restrict Australia to just 244 in their first dig. 

The rest, as they say, is history. 

Monday belonged to Rabada, who picked up two wickets in the morning session as he claimed his 4th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and the Proteas closed in on victory.

Being forced to bowl a lot of overs in the absence of seam ace Dale Steyn, this Rabada display is already being considered one of the finest ever seen by a South African quick. 

By lunch, he had bowled 24 of the 84 overs in the innings with figures of 5/73.

JP Duminy also took a wicket with his first ball as the Proteas, needing six wickets to win at the start of the day, went into lunch with Australia 263/7.

Rabada had Mitch Marsh out LBW in the 8th over of the day. 

Umpire Aleem Dar's original decision was 'not out' as it looked like Marsh had got bat on a vicious in-swinging yorker. 

The South African review, though, was successful and the Proteas had their breakthrough. 

Usman Khawaja, meanwhile, was looking dangerous from the other end. 

The left-hander, under his own pressures in terms of securing a place in this side, was in a positive mood throughout. 

He had started the day on 58* and had moved fluently to get to 97* before Duminy was introduced into the attack and struck immediately. 

Khawaja perhaps anticipated it to turn more, but the result was a straight one from Duminy that hit the batsman on the back pad. 

Khawaja was given out and immediately went upstairs, but again the DRS worked in South Africa's favour. 

Rabada then had number five when he had Mitchell Starc trapped LBW for 13.

At lunch Australia were still 276 runs away from victory with Peter Nevill (20*) and Peter Siddle (0*) at the crease.

Philander had his first wicket of the innings soon after the interval when he had Siddle (13) trapped LBW. 

There was some Aussie resilience in the form of Nevill and Josh Hazleweood, who combined for a stand of 65 for the 9th wicket. 

Rabada's pace, understandably so, had dropped considerably and it was Temba Bavuma of all people who provided the breakthrough when he had Hazlewood caught by Dean Elgar for 29.

Maharaj then wrapped things up with his first wicket of the innings when he had Nathan Lyon out LBW for 8 and the Aussies were bowled out for 361. 

Read more on:    proteas  |  jp duminy  |  kagiso rabada  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Thursday, 28 September 2017
South Africa v Bangladesh, Potchefstroom 10:00
Friday, 06 October 2017
South Africa v Bangladesh, Bloemfontein 10:00
Sunday, 15 October 2017
South Africa v Bangladesh, Kimberley 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the upcoming Test series against England. Should he just retire?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The Proteas are currently on tour in England, involved in a four-Test series with their hosts. How will they fare? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.