Rabada’s heroics help Africa to register big win in Final Test

Centurion—Kagiso Rabada’s splendid 13-wicket haul ended South Africa’s winless run in Test cricket as they handed a 280-run defeat to England by taking seven wickets in the first session of the fifth day to wrap up the fourth Test match in Centurion.

England began the day on their overnight score of 52 for three. In the second over of the day, Joe Root (20) was dropped by Quinton de Kock off Dane Piedt (1-11).

In the next over, James Taylor (24) got a sharp lifting delivery from Morne Morkel (3-36) and edged it to the wicket-keeper.

Piedt struck in the next over to dismiss Root as he tried to drive away from the body, only to edge it to Dean Elgar (0-8) in the slip cordon.

Ben Stokes (10) came to the crease and struck couple of boundaries. South Africa continued to apply pressure and this time it was Jonny Bairstow (14) who nicked a Rabada (6-32) delivery to the keeper.

Rabada also became the youngest South African bowler to take a 10-wicket haul in a Test match. The England procession continued with Stokes holing out to deep square leg off Morkel to leave the team reeling at 83 for seven.

England were unable to offer any resistance as the Rabada took three more wickets in his next three overs to bowl England out for 101 runs.

Chris Woakes (5) was caught by the keeper while Stuart Broad (2) was taken in the slips. James Anderson (0) was dismissed lbw but only after a South African review overturned the onfield call.

Rabada had six wickets in the final innings of the match while Morkel took three. Piedt was the other wicket-taker.

Rabada’s figures of a 13 wickets for 144 runs were the second best bowling figures for South Africa in Test cricket and earned him the man of the match award.

However, after wins in Durban and Johannesburg and a draw in Cape Town, England have claimed the Basil D’Oliveira trophy 2-1. 

Rabada was declared Man of the match whereas, Ben Stokes was adjudged as the man of the series for his all-round efforts.

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