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Rabada's six-for sets South Africa 101 target

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InningsAustralia 243 and 239 (Khawaja 75, Rabada 6-54) lead South Africa 382 by 100 runs
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South Africa will chase 101 for victory on the fourth day in Port Elizabeth after Kagiso Rabada ripped through Australia’s lower order to complete the fourth ten-wicket Test of his short career. Australia began the morning on 180 for 5, leading by 41 runs and desperately needing some strong fight from the tail in order to set South Africa a vaguely competitive target. Instead, only an Australian bowling miracle will prevent South Africa from levelling the series 1-1.

The key wicket was that of Mitchell Marsh, the last of the Australian top six, and Rabada accounted for him in the first over of the day by nipping a quick delivery in to rattle his stumps and end his innings on 45. Rabada followed by having Pat Cummins caught for 5 when he steered a catch to Theunis de Bruyn at gully, and that confirmed Rabada’s second five-wicket innings of the match and the fourth ten-for of his career.

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To put that in perspective, Rabada has taken only 28 Tests to achieve four ten-wicket matches. Among South Africans, only Dale Steyn has more ten-fors than Rabada, but his five have taken 86 Tests. Makhaya Ntini also did it four times, but from 101 Tests, and Allan Donald managed only three ten-wicket matches from his 72-Test career. However, Rabada’s success only further highlighted how much he will be missed if he is suspended for the remainder of the series for Code of Conduct breaches.

He took his match tally to 11 by having Mitchell Starc caught behind, before the final two wickets fell to other bowlers. Lungi Ngidi had Nathan Lyon caught behind and Keshav Maharaj had Josh Hazlewood caught at deep midwicket to leave Tim Paine unbeaten on 28 as Australia were dismissed for 239, having added only 59 to their overnight total for the loss of their last five wickets.

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