Kagiso Rabada turned the screws on visitors Srilanka to showcase menacing spell of fast bowling to help his side complete 282 run win in the second test at Cape Town. Rabada is the new star in South African in cricket as Dale Steyn has been on the sidelines in the last two years. The young bowler again produced incisive spell to end up taking 6 wickets in the second innings for South Africa to clinch the three match series and take 2-0 lead into the final game which will be played at Johannesburg on 12th January.
It was also a test of milestones for Rabada who completed his 50 wickets in test cricket and bagged his fifth five wicket haul of his career to see South Africa rout Srilanka by a big margin. He finished with ten wickets and was well backed up by Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander who also make early inroads into the Srilankan batting lineup upfront with the new ball.
It was uphill task for Srilanka to save the test after they needed to chase a score of 500 runs and needed to bat out last two days on a pitch increasingly providing help for the bowlers. Srilankan batsmen could not the handle the heat as they once again folded for 224 runs in their second innings. Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Matthews showed some resistance in the second innings but were dismissed by Rabada who once again provided the big breakthroughs for South Africa to register a comfortable win over visitors.
Earlier in the game, Srilanka won the toss on a lively surface but could not produce the desired result as South Africa manage to post 392 runs as Dean Elgar notched up his sixth century and showed application on a surface not easy for batsmen. Quinton de Kock also went onto his third ton as he helped side post a score of over 350 runs in their first innings. Srilanka in their innings could not take the hosts bowling on as they crumbled for 110 runs to see hosts take a lead of 282 runs.
South Africa batted again to score 224 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 51 overs as captain Faf du Plessis declared to set a target of 507 runs for Srilanka to chase in their final innings. But it was always a tough ask Srilanka once again showed lack of application to end up losing the series.
Kyle Abbott will be remembered as it was his last test for South Africa after signing a Kolpak deal with Hampshire but future looks for South Africa as Wayne Parnell or Duanne Olivier are replacement for the next game that will be played at Johannesburg on 12th January.