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Rabada sets up South Africa win

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Rabada put aside his disciplinary concerns to set up a series-levelling win for on the fourth day of the second Test against at Park today. won by six wickets after Rabada's fast ensured they needed to chase a modest 101 runs for victory. The fast bowler, who faces a ban from the remaining two Tests of the series, took six for 54 as were bowled out for 239 in their second innings. lost four wickets before hit the winning runs. AB de Villiers, whose 126 not out enabled to lead by 139 runs on the first innings, hit a quick 28 off 26 balls before he was caught at short leg off with 20 runs still needed. Rabada took the first three of the five Australian wickets that fell for the addition of 59 runs on Monday. He had match figures of 11 for 150 - the fourth time in his 28-Test career that he had ten or more wickets in a match. There was a shadow hanging over the 22-year-old fast bowler, however. He attended a disciplinary meeting convened by match referee on Sunday night after being charged with a level two offence following an incident in which his shoulder made contact with Australian on the first day. The verdict was expected to be announced after the match. If found guilty Rabada will face a two-Test ban because of previous offences on his record. Rabada was hit with a further charge on Monday, a level one offence, following a send-off of on Sunday. Rabada struck in the first over of the morning when he bowled for 45 with a ball which swung in sharply. fell to a sharp catch at gully by and edged a drive to wicketkeeper Lyon was caught behind off Lungi Ngidi and last man hit a quick 17 before being caught in the deep off left-arm spinner was left unbeaten on 28. Lyon was brought on for the last over before lunch and with his first ball caught off a leading edge as the left-handed batsman stretched forward.

It was a near-replica of Elgar's dismissal to the off-spinner in the first innings of the first Test in Aiden Markram had an escape in the second over of South Africa's chase. With his score on six he was dropped at first slip by off Hazlewood. Markram made 21 before he was caught by Smith at second slip off Hazlewood. and De Villiers added 49 before both were dismissed with the total on 81. Amla was caught behind off for 27 and De Villiers fell to Lyon three balls later.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:20 IST