No Dale Steyn? No problem. Kagiso Rabada stepped up to the party as South Africa proved that the target of 228 won’t be a cakewalk for India. The pacer’s fiery spell at the beginning culminated in the wicket of Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. However, his vicious yorker a few deliveries before that broke the southpaw’s bat was one of the highlights.
The delivery, bowled at a breakneck 146 km/hr, was right on the blockhole, where it’s unplayable for even the best of batsmen. Dhawan attempted to jab at it instead of defending and that resulted in the wood to come off. The broken piece went right behind the wickets and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock presenting it to the opener was an unusual sight. Dhawan can be seen having a hearty laugh over it as he signalled for the change of bat.
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Rabada’s quickfire spell troubled the openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, as they could score just 3 runs off his first 3 overs. However, the latter made a brilliant comeback in the pacer’s fourth over as he hammered Rabada for 15 runs.
Meanwhile, Dhawan’s wicket also brought to the crease, Team India captain Virat Kohli, who was termed as ‘immature’ by Rabada, thus making it an intense contest.
The young fast bowler had gone on to say to a media publication during this season's IPL that it is completely difficult to understand Virat Kohli as a person and that his behaviour makes him look immature. At the same time, Rabada has also added that Kohli can be seen venting out his frustrations on the field, but cannot take it when he is at the receiving end.
The Indian skipper said that he was not aware of Rabada's remarks and that he would like to discuss it man-to-man.
"Well I have played against Kagiso Rabada many times, will like to discuss man-to-man.”
Earlier in the day, Rabada scored an unbeaten and vital 31 off 35 balls to help his team score 227/9 in their 50 overs. Chris Morris was the top scorer with an innings of 42
Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball as he picked 4/51 in his 10 overs. He was ably supported by Jasprit Bumrah (2/35), Kuldeep Yadav (1/46) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/44).