The first day of the Port Elizabeth Test match between South Africa and Australia belonged to one man named Kagiso Rabada. The spearhead of the South African bowling attack clinched his eighth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Australia was running away with the start of the morning session, without losing many wickets on a damp surface at PE. Just at the stroke of lunch, the wicket of Cameron Bancroft fell against the run of play.
However, the day’s play saw a massive turnaround with the wicket of Khawaja soon after. Ngidi dismissed a dangerous looking David Warner on 63 after a mini partnership between the captain and his deputy.
The turning point in the game came with the wicket of Steve Smith. Rabada caught Smith plumb in front of his stumps. Rabada’s aggressive sendoff to Smith, followed by a nudge on the shoulders became the talking point of the high-octane series.
Consequently, the fiery bowler received a suspension for two matches as he was previously sitting on 5-demerit points. But not before he claimed four wickets within a span of seven deliveries to run through the Australian middle order.
Post Smith’s wicket, Shaun Marsh succumbed to an incoming delivery and was adjudged leg before wicket. Shortly after, his brother nicked a delivery outside the off stump from Kagiso Rabada. The young bowler was on a hat-trick after claiming the wicket of Pat Cummins whose mode of dismissal was similar to Mitchell Marsh.
After a breather, Rabada resumed his spell and dismissed Mitchell Starc instantly to complete his five wickets haul. After being hit for a boundary a ball before, Rabada bowled an absolute away-going beauty which took the middle and off stump of Starc. From 161-3, Rabada single-handedly reduced Australia to 212-9.
Here’s a look at Kagiso Rabada’s magical spell