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Rabada five-fer jolt Australia on day one in Port Elizabeth

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada celebrates taking the wicket of Australia’s Steve Smith
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada celebrates taking the wicket of Australia’s Steve Smith

Australia 243 (Rabada 5-96) v
South Africa 39-1 (Rabada 17no)
Second Test, Port Elizabeth, day one

Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi shared eight wickets between them as South Africa went on to dismiss Australia for 243 runs in the first innings and later knocked down 39 runs off the deficit losing a solitary wicket at stumps on day one of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. A cautious approach from the Aussie openers Cameron Bancroft (38) and David Warner (63) saw them score just 18 runs in the first 13 overs.

The boundaries started coming freely at the end of the first hour with the duo smacking nine out of it in next five overs. Just as the duo were gaining momentum and Australia reaching 98 runs without losing a wicket, Vernon Philander (2-25) provided the Proteas with some respite in having Markram caught behind in the final delivery of the first session.

The start of the second session was much better for South Africa as Philander struck once again to send Usman Khawaja (4) caught behind, while Warner, who completed a half-century before lunch, was castled by Ngidi (3-51).

Steven Smith (25) and Shaun Marsh (24) consolidated the innings for a brief 44-run stand but once again South Africa made a terrific end to the session with Rabada trapping them both LBW and also had Mitchell Marsh (4) caught behind as Australia ended the session with a score of 170 for six.

The final session started with Rabada having Pat Cummins (0) caught behind as he was on a hat-trick. Even though he missed out on the hat-trick, he soon claimed his fifth wicket when he castled Mitchell Starc (8).

Late contributions from Nathan Lyon (17) and Josh Hazlewood (10 not out) ensured Australia posted 243 in their innings with Rabada being the pick of the South African bowlers with a five-wicket haul.

South Africa started their innings positively scoring 22 runs in the first seven overs with Dean Elgar (11 not out) and Aiden Markram (11) looking confident before the latter was dismissed by Cummins (1-9).

Rabada (14 not out) was promoted to number three and looked positive scoring four boundaries in the 14 deliveries he faced as South Africa reached 39 for one before stumps on day one.

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