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Same recipe, different result? Rabada happy Proteas achieved good margins at Wanderers

Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada. (Photo by Christiaan KOTZE / AFP)

  • While sticking to essentially the same recipe, Kagiso Rabada admitted that unlike Centurion, he was somewhat perplexed by the success of the Proteas’ attack on the Wanderers.
  • The Proteas spearhead, who set up his side’s 5/39 win in the 2nd ODI, believes it was simply the ability to strike early that made the difference.
  • Now going into Wednesday’s decision with confidence, Rabada is hoping the Proteas can break their awkward habit of starting slow before waking up in series.

How can fate change so much in less than two days?

It’s a question Kagiso Rabada still has no answer to after he and new ball partner Lungi Ngidi set up the Proteas’ convincing 7-wicket win over Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI at Wanderers on Sunday, equalizing in the process Three-match streak in one fell swoop.

The duo varied their lengths brilliantly, with Rabada mistaking the Tigers’ top order for his extra jump as they collapsed to 34/5 in the 13th over.

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That success contrasted with what happened in Friday’s opener at Centurion, when Bangladesh reached 95 in just under 22 overs before the first wicket fell, although Rabada and Ngidi bowled just as well in their opening spells.

What the procedure in a pink-clad bullring at least suggests is that nothing beats early gates.

“I still wonder why the wickets fell today and not the previous game,” said Rabada, who would only take his second five in the 5/39 stellar format.

“I think maybe it was a little bit more [on offer] with the new ball. But I thought we bowled very well in Centurion too, especially in the first 10 overs. We just couldn’t break through.

“On the Highveld you’re almost guaranteed to speed up your hitting efforts once you’re in because it gets easier to hit. The new ball has value here and the cracks probably played a small role before the ball got a little old.”

In fact, Bangladesh bounced back nicely with Afif Hossain scoring a fine 72, showing that effort pays and instant strikes are key.

“We have the ball in the right areas, just like Centurion. I guess Wanderers were just good to us,” said Rabada.

As the South Africans now head into Wednesday’s decider at SuperSport with their tails in the air, it remains a frustrating trait that they must first suffer a setback before they can get back on track.

“It’s a worry [that we tend to start slowly] because you want to hit first,” Rabada said.

“It’s something we keep talking about because we keep finding ourselves in those positions. You never want to make your work harder. It’s not like we want to, but we definitely still have a few things to work on.”

Same recipe, different result? Rabada happy Proteas achieved good margins at Wanderers

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