Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada says it was a big achievement to win the CSA T20 Challenge with the Lions this past weekend.
Rabada headlined a number of national players participating in the week-long tournament in Durban, where the Johannesburg outfit beat the Dolphins in Sunday’s final.
The seamer had a strong influence on the team, leading from the front with figures of 3-12 in four overs to restrict the Dolphins to only 107.
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‘It feels good to win this title,’ Rabada said after the match.
‘First of all, I really wanted to play, to be involved and to find some good form. Also, to be playing for the Lions. I haven’t played for them in quite a while. It’s nice to be involved where it all started and what better way to end than with a trophy.
‘It’s been amazing playing with my Lions teammates this past week, it’s been a really chilled environment and when we did get on to the field, we delivered. It was a great environment to be part of.’
The Lions’ bowling was superb throughout the competition, culminating in an impressive performance that set them up for a four-wicket win on Sunday.
The likes of Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala and Bjorn Fortuin all chipped in, assisting Rabada at restricting the home side.
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‘It was definitely set up by the way we bowled. We have to give credit to the bowlers, they were excellent in a game where they needed to be at their best.
‘We did that and restricted them to 107, which means we’re making it a lot easier. There were some nerves towards the end, but I think the good work done earlier in the game made it easier for us to get over the line,’ Rabada added.