RABADA TAKES FIVE AS S AFRICA SEAL WIN
PACEMAN Kagiso Rabada (pix) took 5-92 as South Africa completed an emphatic 177-run victory over Australia in the first test at the WACA yesterday after dismissing the hosts for 361 just before tea on the final day. The tourists claimed a third successive victory at the WACA after 2008 and 2012 triumphs and a 1-0 lead in the series, which continues in Hobart on Saturday and concludes with a day-nighter at Adelaide Oval. Australia’s batsmen were unable to cope with Rabada’s pace and swing as the 21-yearold took his fourth fivewicket haul in his ninth test, making light of the absence of South Africa’s injured pace spearhead Dale Steyn. South Africa declared on 540-8 after lunch on Sunday, leaving Australia with an imposing 539-run victory target or more realistically almost five sessions to bat out for a draw. The hosts had looked in a strong position on day two when, having dismissed South Africa for 242, they were 158 without loss before collapsing to 244 all out. Australia had resumed 169-4 and Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc were dismissed before lunch with Peter Siddle following after the break. Peter Nevill, who finished on 60 not out, and Josh Hazlewood stalled the march to victory with a dogged partnership of 65 before Australia’s No. 10 batsman was caught at short cover for 29 to give Temba Bavuma his maiden test wicket. Nathan Lyon extended the tail further with a 21-ball eight before he was trapped in front by debutant spinner Keshav Maharaj to conclude the match.