Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada not only became the eighth South African to scalp 200 Test wickets on Thursday, but also became Proteas’s third fastest Bowler to hit the milestone in the game’s longest format. The right-handed bowler got the feat on day three of the running first test against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi. Dale Steyn is the fastest South African to reach the milestone, while pacer Allan Donald is the second fastest Proteas cricketer for the 200 Test wickets scalp.
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Rabada flew through Hasan Ali’s defense to become the third fastest bowler of 200 test wickets, after former Pakistani pacesetter Waqar Younis (7,730) and fellow countryman Dale Steyn (7,848) in terms of balls thrown.
Rabada, who took 8,154 balls to claim his 200th wicket, is also the fourth youngest bowler ever to hit the glorious milestone in the game’s longest format. Currently, Rabada has the best strike rate among bowlers with 200-plus Test wickets.
Meanwhile, Pakistan resumed day three of the first Test with an 88 lead, adding 70 runs to their overnight score, before South Africa pooled the hosts for 378.
Rabada sacked Ali in the 108th over, but a partnership of fifty runs for the final wicket saw Pakistan cross the 350 point mark and take a 158 point lead.
For South Africa, Rabada and Keshav Maharaj were the choice of bowlers who scalped three wickets each, while pacemaker Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi each chose two wickets.
When the second innings resumed, the South African openers got off to a solid start to narrow Pakistan’s lead to 121 runs. South Africa scored 37 points, as the visitors went to lunch without losing a wicket.
On Wednesday, Fawad Alam saved Pakistan with a fighting barrel after the hosts were left behind on 27/4 in the first innings. Fawad and Faheem Ashraf played 109 and 64 strokes respectively on the second day of the opening test to put Pakistan at the top.
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