RABADA TAKES FIVE AS S AFRICA SEAL WIN

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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.

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