Proteas bowlers eye series-winning victory

Kagiso Rabada (Gallo)
Kagiso Rabada (Gallo)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, feels there is enough left in the wicket to take the remaining six Sri Lankan wickets for victory in the second Test match at PPC Newlands in Cape Town.

Rabada made important strikes taking two of the four wickets to fall in Sri Lanka’s record chase of 507, and will be looking to exploit the sporting conditions in search of the remaining wickets.  

Wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Chandimal (28 not out) and captain, Angelo Mathews (29 not out) braved out an attacking period before stumps on Day Three, and face an uphill battle with a further 377 runs required for victory.  

“There is a bit of pace and some bounce as well, “he said of the conditions.

“As soon as you get past the new ball you can cash in with the runs, our batters showed that. It’s a wicket where you are not quite in, some will bounce, one will nip, one ball has the potential to misbehave and have the batsmen in trouble. You can’t get too complacent here, there is some bounce and pace, that is what we are going to use as the ball gets older. We are going to plan our tactics and get here tomorrow and execute them.”

The 21-year-old admitted he was struggling for rhythm in the opening match in Port Elizabeth, but looks back to his destructive best after taking 4/37 in the first innings and running in with aggression and intent in Sri Lanka’s second innings.

“I have bowled more and have gotten better rhythm through bowling,” Rabada explained.  “I think when you get time off that is when you must rest. When you need to bowl that is when you must bowl to get yourself at the highest level that you can be. There is no room for you to rest if you are not bowling well," said Rabada. 

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