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Kagiso Rabada was the star with 11 wickets in the match. He achieved two 5 wicket haul in both the Australia innings.
AB Devillers once again emerged as the biggest difference between the Two side. His counter-attacking 126 runs in 1st innings helped proteas to took a handy lead of 139 runs.
Steve Smith rare cold test match with the bat is also a major point for Australia loss. He scored 25&11 in both innings.
Lower order contribution of South Africa gave them a major boost over Australia. Runs from Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, and Vernon Philander gave South Africa 90 plus runs Caution in 1st innings.
The test series between South Africa and Australia balanced with 1-1. These two teams are known for fighting until the last ball. Australia started the tour with a win. But South Africa fight back in the 2nd test to level the series. Still, 2 matches remain in the series. We expect more High voltage contest will be a witness in last two test matches.
South Africa has the momentum and they want to carry it in further remaining matches. Hasim Amla performance is vital for South Africa. Captain Faf Du Plessis also need to get his touch back to win series for South Africa.
Australia can’t do much they haven’t done anything wrong in a 2nd test match. South Africa outplayed them in all the departments with their outstanding cricket. They can take Usman Kwaja positive from the test match. He finally scored runs for Australia. Usman belted hard fought 75 runs for Australia in 2nd innings. Australia missed one big knock from any batsman from their team. Many Aussie batsmen got starts but they failed to convert it into a big century.
Bowling once again high class from both the side. For South Africa apart from Kagiso Rabada iconic performance. Vernon Philander economical bowling and Ngidi, Maharaj chipping with crucial wickets gave South Africa node ahead than Australia.
Brief Score: AUS 243, 239,RSA 382, 102/4 (22.5 Ovs)
Note: Kagiso Rabada adjudged player of the match.