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August 20, 2017 Kagiso Rabada News
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Rabada took four for 91 off 26 overs including seven maidens in the first innings of South Africa's Test defeat to England at Old Trafford.
Rabada bounced-back from his suspension and was energized en route to his fourth career Test four-for. In a tough series for Rabada and the South African attack, his pure pace wasn't as troubling for the English batsmen, who seemed to finally adopt a more Test-appropriate approach at the crease.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe talented pace bowler let his emotions get the best of him after knocking off Ben Stokes and, already on thin ice after his altercation with Niroshan Dickwella in February during an ODI, sees South Africa's bowling ranks shorn further. Rabada struggled a bit in the first innings, taking three for 123 but found his stride in the second innings with figures of three for 50. In his stead, South Africa could go with Duanne Olivier as a specialist bowler or could opt for either Andile Phehlukwayo or Chris Morris to help beef up their batting order.
Fantasy AnalysisComing off an up-and-down IPL for the Delhi Daredevils that saw him alternate between being the fearsome limited-overs bowler he can be and a match on a typically bowler-friendly pitch at Delhi that saw him concede 59 wicketless runs. This was the 22-year-old's third career ODI four-for and will look to carry that form into Saturday's opener of the Champions Trophy when they'll take on Sri Lanka at The Oval.
Fantasy AnalysisOn a good day for the South African attack, Rabada was one of the more expensive bowlers for them thanks to some phenomenal bowling from Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo, who combined for five for 17 off 10.2 overs. Rabada's knee seemed to hold up well after missing the second ODI of the series, though his workload does merit watching as he has a busy slate upcoming with ODIs, Tests and the IPL all looming.
Fantasy AnalysisOnly a few short days from fetching a hefty sum from the Daredevils in the IPL auction, Rabada was held out as the Kiwis drew even in the ODI portion of the series with a six-run victory. His next chance to play arrives Saturday, but the seventh-ranked bowler in the format could rest further with two additional ODIs and three Tests remaining in New Zealand.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 21-year-old has firmly ensconced himself as a vital member of the South African attack and with Sri Lanka unable to find their eye against talented seamers, Rabada was in for a huge first innings. After four wickets in the first match, he picked up his second career four-for (to go along with four five-fors) in his 13th Test, a remarkable haul for a bowler of his age. After breaking into the Test squad a shade over a year ago, Rabada has been absolutely revelatory in the absence of Dale Steyn and seems primed to continue his feast on the Sri Lankan batsmen in the final three innings of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 21-year-old already has 10 Test caps to his name and has been nothing short of sensational. After seven wickets in the first Test of the series, he followed that up with five more in the second Test, combining with Kyle Abbott for all 10 wickets in the second innings to give South Africa the innings victory. He now has a four-for to go along with his four five-fors in his brief Test career. He'll look to continue his strong form into the third and final Test against Australia at Adelaide starting Nov. 24.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter taking three wickets on Day 4, Rabada got the always-dangerous Mitchell Marsh on a lbw and then got out Mitchell Starc for his fourth five-for in just nine Test matches. At just 21-years-old, Rabada looks like the next great pace bowler in the South African attack, having already taken 36 wickets in his short Test match career. He'll look to continue his strong form in the second Test of the series, which begins Saturday, Nov. 12.
Fantasy AnalysisRabada finds himself the leader of South Africa's pace attack with Dale Steyn out of this match with a re-injured shoulder, and boy, did he deliver. The 21-year-old claimed three key wickets during his side's defense of 538 runs. He struck for the first time in the 13th over to remove opening batsman Shaun Marsh just four balls after Temba Bauma's spectacular run-out of David Warner. Rabada removed the Australian captain Steve Smith for 34 runs in the 45th over. Two overs later the fast bowler outed Adam Voges for just one run.
Fantasy AnalysisAt just 21-years-old, Rabada is still extremely inconsistent, but has shown flashes of brilliance as the South African attack looked alive in the first innings. After not bowling in the first Test of the series Rabada didnít skip a beat, using his tremendous pace to snag Henry Nicholls on a lbw in the 31st over and then picked up another lbw less than two dozen overs later on Doug Bracewell. He then closed out the match on a little nick that drifted into wicketkeeper Quinton de Kockís mitts. After taking 13 wickets at this same grounds in January, Rabada will be one to watch to pick up the mantle left by the other tremendous South African pace bowlers.
Fantasy AnalysisRabada pitched in an unbeaten 15 to a 39-run stand with Farhaan Behardien down the stretch, helping South Africa end the first innings with 189. With the new ball, Rabada played a key roll in a cascade of wickets. After bowling Usman Khawaja in his first spell, Rabada induced Matthew Wade into a nick to the keeper in the 20th, before a yorker beat Nathan Coulter-Nile just minutes later.