Rabada helps hosts restore parity

Port Elizabeth: Kagiso Rabada (11/150) bowled a devastating spell to help South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the second Test here 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 for four.
Rabada (6/54) ripped through Australia, who started on 180/5 with a 41-run lead. The 22-year-old took 10 or more wickets in a Test for the fourth time in the process.
The tourists lost Mitchell Marsh (45, 125b, 4×4, 1×6) 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 n o) 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 (28). However they scrambled home for the loss of four wickets.
Brief scores: Australia 243 and 239 (Mitchell Marsh 45; Kagiso Rabada 6/54) lost to South Africa 382 and 102/4 (AB de Villiers 28; Nathan Lyon 2/44) by six wickets.

Two-game ban
Port Elizabeth: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was Monday 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 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. “It’s going to have to stop,” he said. “I’m letting the team as well as myself down.” Cricket South Africa (CSA) immediately announced it was seeking legal opinion.


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