The Incident That Led To Kagiso Rabada's One-Test Ban

The Incident That Led To Kagiso Rabada's One-Test Ban

The Incident That Led To Kagiso Rabada's One-Test Ban

England's Ben Stokes takes the attack to the South African bowlers.

During the first day of the third Test of the ongoing England's tour of South Africa in Port Elizabeth, South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada bowled a ripper of a delivery to dismiss England captain Joe Root.

In what has been a relatively more dramatic session of play, South Africa picked up two scalps in the post Lunch period, and also almost accounted for the wicket of Joe Denly, to leave England at 117/2 at Tea on the opening day of the third Test.

Stokes, who was on 38 overnight, reached 50 off 102 balls with Pope then following to the same milestone in 93 balls.

Ben Stokes (120) too hit a hundred, his ninth in Tests, sharing in a 203-run stand for the fifth wicket with Pope (135no) as South Africa's bowlers toiled.

Pope, who turned 22 earlier this month, survived a scare when he was given out lbw the ball after Stokes took a single to get his century.

England lost four wickets in the afternoon session as they looked to press on for quick runs; Stokes gifted Dane Paterson his first Test wicket, firing a wide ball to cover point, Jos Buttler (1) fell cheaply, tamely chipping the ball back to Maharaj, Sam Curran (44) holed out at deep midwicket after an enterprising cameo, while Dom Bess (1) departed on the stroke of tea. While Rabada and Nortje clocked in good speeds and maintained a controlled line on a day when there wasn't a lot of wind and conditions were hot, Keshav Maharaj took the majority of the bowling load and had both Joe Root and Denly in ample trouble.

South Africa burned both of their initial reviews with attempts to dismiss Stokes in successive Maharaj overs, while the all-rounder was reprieved on 10 when Pieter Malan failed to hold onto a hard chance at short-leg. Rabada was fined 15% of his match fee and received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the International Cricket Council code of conduct, the ICC said on Friday.

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