Rabada on song as Proteas win in Perth


South Africa wrapped up the first Test against Australia with a session to spare in Perth, as they won by 177 runs to take the series lead.

Australia were bowled out for 361 as the umpires added an extra half hour to the middle session, with Peter Nevill stranded on a futile 60 not out.

Kagiso Rabada was the star for the Proteas on the day, recording another five-fer for his records at the tender age of 21, and was awarded man of the match.

The day bean with the Proteas needing six more wickets to win, and the Aussies needing more than 300 runs, chasing a target of 539.

Usman Khawaja was already well set on 58, while Mitchell Marsh was on 15. The pair advanced the score from 169 to 196, at which point Marsh was removed.

His dismissal, to Rabada, was controversial as the original LBW decision was not out. The Proteas reviewed, and it looked for all the world like missing leg stump.

But DRS showed it hitting fully, instead of clipping the stump to remain umpire’s call as you’d expect, and the not out call was overturned, much to the Australian commentators’ horror.

Two more wickets fell in the morning session, including Khawaja, who had made 97 before being trapped in front by JP Duminy. Rabada’s removal of Mitchell Starc completed his ‘Michelle’.

Nevill’s half century threatened to annoy the visitors, coming off 138 balls, and Josh Hazlewood’s 29 off 83 balls was equally frustrating for the bowlers.

Temba Bavuma, the fielding star from day four, then added to his accolades by removing Hazelwood, caught by Dean Elgar, to record his maiden Test wicket.

Nathan Lyon was the final wicket to fall, in the extra half hour before tea, rapped on the pads by Keshav Maharaj, who had a memorable debut of his own.

The tour now moves to Hobart, where the second Test will start on 12 November.