The test match started on a cool Monday morning in Port Elizabeth making it South Africa and England’s third test match out of four. The Proteas were already trailing by 188 runs with the score standing at 102-6 and England needing only 4 wickets to win. South Africa’s Vernon Philander stepped up to the plate and got bowled out by Stuart Broad within the starting minutes of the game.
He was then replaced by star bowler Kagiso Rabada who displayed his versatility as a talented batsman as well by scoring two fours and one six. Paired with Keshav Maharaj he was unable to last very long, after facing 24 balls, and was also bowled out in the midst of his early success.
The ever-looming curse surrounding the Proteas, lately, didn’t seem to let off as Anrich Nortje managed to only make 5 runs from a total of 19 balls while the resilient Maharaj managed to make a mere 19 runs out of 73 balls. The mood was definitely turning dull for South Africa who were able to win the first test match but appeared to be losing their after losing the second and now third test match.
At 199-9 Maharaj made his second fifty in a test match reaching a milestone in his career spanning more than a decade. At this point he was batting alongside Dane Paterson who also held his own by making an exceptional fours and sixes before the game ended.
England won the match by an innings and 53 runs putting some pressure on the Proteas to perform well in their last test match in Wanderers, Johannesburg this weekend. Kagiso Rabada will not make the squad, however, due to a one-match ban that was imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Rabada was banned following his ‘over-the-top’ celebration, after bowling out England’s captain Joe Root, which appeared to be physically intimidating by the young cricketer who balled his fists and screamed into the ground while Root was still in front of him. He has since apologised for his exuberant behaviour.