Rabada, De Villiers star as South Africa level series

South Africa register six-wicket win over Australia in the second Test

Kagiso Rabada produced another impressive performance with the ball and AB de Villiers’ masterclass with the bat helped South Africa beat Australia in the second Test of the four-match series by six wickets in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

The match started with the visitor’s captain Steve Smith winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision looked spot on at one stage as the Kangaroos reached 98 without loss.However, Rabada’s brilliant spell triggered a major collapse as Australia were bowled out for 243 in their first innings, where opener David Warner finished with the top score of 63. Rabada finished the innings with the figures of five for 96.

In reply, South Africa lost half of their side for 179, but De Villiers reminded everyone of his class and scored his 22nd Test century to guide the home side to 382. De Villiers remained not out on 126 off 146 with the help of 20 fours and one six.

For Australia, pacer Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowler as he claimed three, whereas Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh claimed two wickets each.In the second innings, Australia had a horrid start, but Usman Khawaja’s fine half-century kept the visitors alive in the contest.

But Rabada once again started a collapse as Kangaroos were bowled out for just 239, leaving the home side with a 101-run target in the fourth innings.Khawaja finished the innings with the top score of 75 off 136 balls with the help of 14 glorious boundaries.

For South Africa, Rabada was the star once again as he claimed figures of six for 54 in 22 overs.In reply, the home side chased the target in just the 23rd over in the second session of the play on the fourth day.For claiming 11 wickets in the match, Rabada was named the player of the match.

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