Kagiso Rabada dominated in the second Test against Sri Lanka picking up 10 wickets in SA’s emphatic win.
After becoming the second-youngest bowler to reach 50 Test wickets on Tuesday, Rabada backed this up by taking his fifth five-for in an innings and then his second career 10-wicket haul.
On a typical Newlands wicket, South Africa did well, led by, Dean Elgar (129) and Quinton de Kock (101) to post 392 in their first innings. In reply, Sri Lanka had no answer, as KG ripped through their batting line-up taking 4-37 and with help from Vernon Philander (4-27), bundled them out for 110.
This was relieving for the youngster, who admitted in a press conference on Wednesday that he had been struggling for rhythm in PE, but his performance in Cape Town dismissed all doubts in his ability.
‘I have bowled more and have gotten better rhythm through bowling,’ Rabada said. ‘I think when you get time off, that is when you must rest. When you need to bowl that is when you must bowl to get yourself at the highest level that you can be. There is no room for you to rest if you are not bowling well.’
After the Proteas set Sri Lanka a 507-run target, the stage was set for SA’s fast bowlers to take advantage on day three and Rabada and Philander took two scalps apiece by stumps on day three.
With Sri Lanka on 130-4 on the start of day four, Rabada ripped through the opposition taking four wickets as they collapsed to 224.
His Man of the Match performance was vital to the Proteas’ series victory, as they went 2-0 up with a destructive 282-run win in front of the Newlands faithful.
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