After a disappointing performance in the first Test, South Africa have started the 2nd Test in a dominating fashion. Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi’s firing bowling teared up Australia for just 243 runs on day 1.
Australia after winning the toss elected to bat first and both the openers gave a good start to the team, but the rest of the batsman couldn’t capitalize and wickets keep tumbling as soon as David Warner and Cameron Bancroft departed.
Young star Rabada took yet another fifer and punished the Aussies with Ngidi assisting him from the other end. But Rabada is in danger of facing a ban as he gave a send-off to the Aussie skipper Steve Smith after getting his wicket.
While Rabada was the story of the day, South Africa may have left the field feeling that they had missed an opportunity. Although it was not as acute as the first innings of the first Test, when Australia added 174 runs for their last five wickets, Tim Paine’s canny 36 allowed Australia to stage something of a recovery from 170 for 7.
Australia’s last two wickets dug in, with Paine marshalling Nathan Lyon and then Josh Hazlewood to add 61 to the total. Ngidi was the man to mop up eventually, finishing with 3 for 51 to justify his inclusion ahead of Morkel. Yet Philander also deserved a mention, with his nagging accuracy yielding figures of 2 for 25 in 18 overs
After getting bowled out for 243, Australia were able to took one wicket before the end of day 1. As a result, South Africa had to bring up a night watch-man and it was none other than Rabada who was the man of the day for the Proteas. The young star didn’t give his wicket away and South Africa finished their innings on 39 before stumps.
AUS 243 (71.3 ov) | Warner 63 (100) | Rabada 5/96, Ngidi 3/51
SA 39/1 (12 ov) | Elgar 11* (37), Rabada 17* (14) | Cummins 1/9
Watch Rabada’s spell here-
Stumps: South Africa trail by 204 runs