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South Africa vs Australia 2018, 2nd Test, day 4: 5 things we learnt from the day

rohit sankar
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872   //    12 Mar 2018, 21:00 IST

1st Sunfoil Test: South Africa v India, Day Four
Kagiso Rabada's 11-wicket haul helped South Africa level the four-match series

Kagiso Rabada ran havoc yet again as Australia perished after a not so worthy lead of 100 on day 4 at Port Elizabeth. Aided by another AB de Villiers fest, South Africa chased down the target without breaking much of a sweat and levelled the four-match series.

The day started with Rabada sending Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc back to complete a six-wicket haul and although Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood hung around to take the lead to 100, it was never going to be enough.

Hazlewood then injected some venom into the Aussies by grabbing Aiden Markram's wicket after Lyon had Elgar caught and bowled. Since then it was the De Villiers show yet again, although he got out just before they aced the chase, as the Proteas romped home to a terrific win.

#5 Kagiso Rabada seeks revenge

England v South Africa - 3rd Investec Test: Day Two
Rabada tore through Australia on day 4 to tilt the game fully in South Africa's direction

Kagiso Rabada steamed in and had the Aussies on all fours with yet another screaming spell of fast bowling. The 22-year-old was in stunning rhythm and sent Mitchell Marsh's stumps cartwheeling to begin proceedings on day 4.

It wasn't long before Pat Cummins departed to another edge and Rabada was celebrating a 10 wicket haul in the match. He wasn't done though and handpicked the sole man capable of building a lead of the Aussies from there on - Mitchell Starc. The counter-attacking tail-ender was given a taste of his own medicine - reverse swing - and edged behind cheaply as Rabada finished with 11 wickets in the match.

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