Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada
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Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada led a stunning Proteas bowling attack as he took 3 for 20 in their comfortable win against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup.Rabada is delighted to contribute as the Proteas bundled out the Tigers for 84.With a semi-final spot in mind, Rabada said the Proteas spoke about their net run rate during the Super 12 encounter, scoring the winning runs in 13.3 overs.Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is delighted to contribute as he starred in South Africa’s comfortable six-wicket win against Bangladesh in their T20 World Cup encounter on Tuesday.
Rabada delivered a career-best T20 bowling display when he took three for 20 in his four overs after a firing opening spell.
The 26-year-old removed opener Mohammad Naim (9) and Soumya Sarka for a duck to return in his next over and remove Mushfiqur Rahim (0) as the Proteas skittled Bangladesh out for just 84 in 18.2 overs at Zayed Cricket Stadium.
“I bowled three overs up front and there was a bit of bounce, a bit of seam movement and some swing. The conditions were in my favour and all I had to do was get the ball in the right area,” said Rabada following the win in Abu Dhabi.
“It feels good to contribute to the team’s success. I’ll take it but it feels good to take wickets, especially up front in the powerplay and making inroads – it’s what I strive to do.”
South Africa lost four wickets in their run chase as they reached their target in 13.3 overs to register their third win from four Super 12 matches.
With that win, South Africa stayed second on their Group A standings on six points and a net run rate of +0.742.
Australia, who have two games in hand are the main contenders for second place with unbeaten England virtually assured of a place in the semi-finals.
Rabada says the net run rate did not escape the Proteas attention as Temba Bavuma and David Miller (5*) saw their side to victory within their “15-over target”.
“That was the chat, we tried to finish the game as earlier as possible and we’re happy with where we finished the game. In saying that, we tried to keep it as simple as possible,” said Rabada.
“There was a clear instruction that we should try and finish the game before 15 and we did that.”
Bavuma top-scored with an unbeaten 31 off 28 balls (3 fours and a six) as the skipper delivered a calm and cool performance.
Rabada says that the result ‘speaks for itself’ as Bavuma has turned the Proteas fortunes around with a fight for a semi-final spot in this year’s global showpiece.
“There is nothing more I can say about Temba, the results are there,” said Rabada.
“You’ll always have critics and it’s something we’ve made peace with. I think we put ourselves more under pressure than the actual public, we’re the cricketers and we want to do well for ourselves more than anyone else wants.
“Whatever people say, we can’t control that and everyone is entitled to their opinion. In saying that, we see a lot of value in people who genuinely support us.”
The Proteas play their final group game on Saturday against England with a win guaranteeing them a spot in the T20 World Cup semi-finals.
Play on Saturday starts at 16:00 SA time.