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Kagiso Rabada leads South Africa to series-levelling win

Tue, Mar 13, 3:15pm by Staff Writer

South Africa levelled the best of four match Test series against Australia with a six-wicket in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

The teams will head to Cape Town locked at 1-1, with Kagiso Rabada snaring ten wickets in a man of the match performance for the Proteas.

In stunning news, the fast bowler will be suspended for the remaining two Tests in the series after an altercation with Australian captain Steve Smith on day one.

With the Proteas set to appeal the decision, they start next Thursday’s third Test in Cape Town as $2.40 underdogs at Sportsbet.

The match draw is paying $5.90, and with good conditions expected and very few Test matches at Newlands ending in a draw, taking this market is out of the question.

Australia start narrow favourites at $2.10, which is far longer than their starting price of $1.83 in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

The second Test had it all, with plenty of wickets, on-field altercations and even the famous brass band halting play on day two.

The match turned in the second innings for South Africa, with Rabada taking 6-54 to restrict Australia to just 239 runs.

South Africa were set the meagre target of 101 runs for victory on Monday and achieved it with ease.

Hashim Amla and A.B. de Villiers were the key for the Proteas in the second innings, adding 49 for the third wicket, before captain Faf du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn delivered the win.

Rabada has been a revelation for South Africa, snaring 10 wickets for the fourth time in just 28 Test matches, with the 22-year-old nearing Dale Steyn’s record of five 10 wicket hauls in 86 Tests.

Looking ahead to the third Test in Cape Town at Newlands, a ground which is favourable to spin bowlers which makes Nathan Lyon’s price of $4.33 to take the most wickets in the Australian first innings a value play.

Lyon is $10 at Sportsbet to take man of the match honours, a market led by batsmen Steve Smith ($6) and A.B. de Villiers ($7) at Sportsbet.

In the top runscorer markets, it is no surprise that de Villiers ($3.60) and Amla ($4.33) lead the way for the hosts at Sportsbet.

For Australia, Steve Smith ($3.40) and David Warner ($4.50) are best backed, with the under pressure Usman Khawaja ($5.50) needing runs in the third Test after a lean series so far.

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