POTCHEFSTROOM, October 2 – Kagiso Rabada took on the responsibility of leading the attack in the absence of Morne Morkel in spectacular style as South Africa beat Bangladesh by 333 runs with time and overs to spare on the final day of the first Test match at Senwes Park on Monday.
Rabada (3/33) needed just 19 balls to blow away what was left of the Bangladesh top order with three wickets, including that of captain Mushfiqur Rahim to the third ball he send down. Morkel (2/19) was ruled out of the remainder of the match on day four with a side strain after bowling just 5.2 overs.
For good measure Rabada also produced a bullet throw from the deep for a run out, before Keshav Maharaj wrapped up what was left of the innings to finish with seven wickets in the match. Maharaj’s haul gave him 50 wickets in only 12 Test matches to put him on the list of South Africa’s top performers to this landmark.
The Bangladesh innings lasted only 83 minutes as the last seven wickets fell for 41 runs.
Only three of their batsmen reached double figures in the innings in a total of 90 all out. Maharaj finished with 4/25.
Dean Elgar was named Sunfoil Man of the Match.
– African News Agency (ANA)