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Kagiso Rabada strikes twice as South Africa win T20 series

Sunday 21st February 2016

Men’s First Team

Kent summer signing Kagiso Rabada showed pace and accuracy to take two wickets as South Africa sealed a 2-0 T20 series win against England at Johannesburg.

Future team-mate Sam Billings returned to the England line-up as the hosts passed England's 171 total with more than five overs to spare.

Rabada's opening spell included deliveries more than 90 mph, notably a ferocious short ball which rattled Jason Roy's helmet before flattening the England opener's off-stump the next ball.

Two avoidable run outs involving skipper Eoin Morgan bookended a 96-run stand with in-form Jos Buttler, who smashed 54 from 28 balls before England collapsed.

At 157-4, the tourists lost seven wickets for 14 runs in 19 balls and missed the chance to post a more impressive total.

Sam Billings was caught by Proteas skipper Hashim Amla at square-leg as Kyle Abbott struck twice in two balls in the 19th over after all-rounder Chris Morris removed Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali in the previous over.

Rabada, playing on home turf at the Wanderers, wrapped up the resistance, removing the off-stump of Adil Rashid with a full ball clocking 86mph to end with 2-28 off 3.4 overs.

In reply, the hosts never look troubled with AB de Villiers bludgeoning 71 off 29 balls with Amla (69 off 38) and T20 captain Faf du Plessis' 22 off 21 sealing a nine-wicket win.