Kagiso Rabada had an amazing Australia debut, taking a five-for in their second innings to lead SA to a 177-run victory at the Waca.
The 21-year-old superstar is slowly becoming one of the most dominant bowlers in world cricket and his on-field maturity sometimes masks his youthfulness. In the absence of Dale Steyn, Rabada stepped up with a superb performance as he led the bowling attack, taking 5-92 and winning the Man of the Match award.
Following the brilliant run-out of David Warner by Temba Bavuma, Rabada kept up the pressure by dismissing Shaun Marsh with the last ball of the 13th over, as Australia found themselves on the back foot at 52-2.
Australia started to get some runs on the board with the introduction of Steve Smith, as he built up a 92-run partnership with Usman Khawaja to kickstart their side’s innings. The Aussie captain looked good on 34 before Rabada found the edge and the ball flew straight into the gloves of Quinton de Kock.
Rabada was displaying some textbook fast bowling, tormenting the Australia batsmen at up to 145 km/h. Adam Voges struggled to read the deliveries and he looked unsettled from ball one. An lbw appeal, a missed edge, a thick outside edge to point and one forced dot-ball later, Voges edged one to De Kock who leaped in the air with delight, as Rabada picked up his third of the day in a wicket maiden.
Australia started to find some rhythm after the fall of two quick wickets, a 50-run partnership between Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh pushing the Australians close to 200 runs. Rabada once again came in to change the momentum, trapping Marsh lbw on 35.
Rabada’s final wicket came 16 runs later, as Mitchell Starc received a taste of his own medicine. The Australian speedster was trapped lbw by a yorker leaving him lost in his crease.
Australia’s top dogs felt the heat of KG throughout the match, with the starlet picking up two wickets in Australia’s first innings to go with his five-for in the second, taking his total Test tally to 36 in just nine matches.