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Rabada takes 11 as Proteas level series

13 March 2018

The fast bowler took 11 wickets in the match, including three on the fourth morning, as South Africa swiftly took the five wickets they needed to wrap up Australia's second innings.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates a wicket with his teammates in the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

He has received a fine of 50 percent of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.This means Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period, automatically leading to a two-match suspension. "It's going to have to stop", he said. "I can't keep doing this because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down", Rabada said.

He also accepted a second charge relating to a send-off he gave to David Warner, resulting in a further 15 per cent fine from his match fee and an additional demerit point. I have to see it as a big learning curve. "To be honest, I just let it out", he said.

Rabada hit Smith's shoulder as he celebrated dismissing the batsman in Australia's first innnings.

"I don't know what I'm thinking‚ actually‚" he said.

"I didn't even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up".

He was suspended on disciplinary grounds previous year, when he reached four demerit points during South Africa's tour of England.

Of course, Twitter knew exactly what was said.

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Usman Khawaja scored his 11th Test fifty

The mild-mannered South African, though, can do freakish things with the bat and when he is on, there is arguably no one better to watch. "It's bittersweet. I would have loved to be playing in the next game". It's good for the game of Test cricket. And not repeat the same mistake. "When he's in that sort of form, I'm very happy to have him in my side".

The series continues on Thursday next week in Cape Town, where Rabada will be an enforced omission for his send-off of Steve Smith on day one, and a screaming send-off of David Warner on day three.

After taking a first-innings lead of 139, South Africa reduced Australia to 180 for five at the close, a slender lead of 41 with only five wickets remaining.

And Rabada completed his magic by having Mitchell Starc caught behind by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for only one.

The latter picked out Ngidi in the deep as he tried to launch spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-90) to the boundary and the innings ended on 239. Tim Paine was left unbeaten on 28.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was proud of his side. With his score on six he was dropped at first slip by Mitchell Marsh off Hazlewood.

De Villiers also passed 8,500 test runs during the innings, the fourth South African after Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla to do that.

Theunis de Bruyn brought up the winning runs when he stroked a full ball from Pat Cummins through the covers for four.

With Coutinho Cup-tied in the Champions League, Dembele could provide the flair Barcelona lost when Neymar departed, starting in Wednesday's last-16 second leg against Chelsea at the Nou Camp with the tie level at 1-1.

Rabada takes 11 as Proteas level series