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Aus vs SA 2nd Test: AB de Villiers stellar knock puts Proteas in command

Aus vs SA 2nd Test: AB de Villiers stellar knock puts Proteas in command

Or would it be Kagiso Rabada, whose 11-wicket haul was irresistible to watch and completely blunted Australia's batting?

Rabada attended a disciplinary hearing at St. George's Park on Sunday and now will wait for the match officials and the International Cricket Council to decide his fate.

Rabada (6/54) ripped through Australia, who started on 180/5 with a 41-run lead. With Virat Kohli not having received even an extended eyebrow raise for the way in which he walked up to South African batsmen and had words with them when they went out in the recent series against South Africa, this is all starting to feel a little one-sided for the home team.

Australia's hopes of making the hosts sweat had suffered an early setback when Mitchell Marsh dropped a straightforward chance at first slip in the second over after Josh Hazlewood enticed an edge out of Aiden Markram.

During the recently-concluded India series, visiting captain Virat Kohli was seen after virtually every wicket giving South African players "send-offs", but no action was taken. He nipped one back in to Marsh, at speed, to find the gap and rattle his stumps.

Pat Cummins fell to a sharp catch at gully by Theunis de Bruyn and Mitchell Starc edged a drive to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

"Yeah, it's bittersweet", Rabada said after claiming the fourth 10-wicket haul of his career. Rabada has four in just his 28th Test.

The performance of the 21-year-old in Port Elizabeth, where he was impressive with match-figures of 5-75, will have given the selectors second thoughts, however. One match referee interprets it one way and the other in another way.

"He had the opportunity to avoid the contact‚ and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental", Crowe said.

Tim Paine showed great composure with the willow but finished 28 not out, running out of partners while attempting to build a more imposing target.

Rabada was banned for the remainder of the ongoing Test series against Australia for two separate incidents that occurred during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Marsh has been one of the tourist's best performers in South Africa, with his first-innings 96 setting up Australia's 118-run win in Durban, while also proving his worth with the ball. Wickets did fall, but not enough.

Lyon was brought on for the last over before lunch and with his first ball caught Dean Elgar off a leading edge as the left-handed batsman stretched forward.

In what may not be far off a global first in cricket, a splendidly-performing, officially-branded player of the match, young Proteas pace bowling dynamo Kagiso Rabada, has been yanked from the middle of the engrossing, knife-edge series against Australia.

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