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Kagiso Rabada strikes twice as South Africa beat Australia in T20

Friday 4th March 2016

Summer signing Kagiso Rabada struck twice and took a catch as South Africa beat Australia in the first of three T20s internationals.

The 20-year-old paceman will join Kent in June and continued his fine form in the run-up to the World T20 in India later this month.

Rabada removed in-form opener Usman Khawaja in the third over when the batsman tried to pull a short ball but picked out David Wiese at deep square leg.

Australia recovered with middle-order contributions from Aaron Finch, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh but Imran Tahir took three wickets to limit the damage.

Rabada returned at the death to castle Nathan Coulter-Nile with a 88mph leg-stump yorker as the tourists’ total was limited to 157.

South Africa’s chase faltered as openers AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock departed cheaply before Faf du Plessis (40) and David Miller’s unbeaten 53 saw the Proteas home with just four balls to spare.