Kasigo Rabada on Thursday becomes the third fastest South African bowler to achieve 200 Test wickets mark. Rabada achieved this remarkable feat on day three of the ongoing first test against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Dale Steyn is the fastest South African to reach the milestone while pacer Allan Donald is the second quickest African Cricketer to scalp 200 Test wickets. Rabada surpassed Hasan Ali’s defence to become the third fastest bowler to scalp 200 Test wickets, after former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis & compatriot Dale Steyn (7,848) in terms of balls bowled.
Rabada bowled 8,154 balls to claim his 200th wicket, he also became the fourth youngest bowler to reach this glorious milestone in the test cricket. At the moment, Rabada has the best strike rate among bowlers with 200 plus test wickets registered on his name. Meanwhile Pakistan resumed Day 3 of the first Test with a lead of 88 runs & added 70 runs to their scoreboard before South Africa bundled the hosts for 378 runs.
Rabada dismissed Ali in the 108th over but an outstanding 50 runs partnership for the last wicket down saw Pakistan crossing 350 runs mark to take a lead of 158 runs. For South Africa, Rabada & Keshav Maharaj were among the star bowlers fetching three wickets each while pacer Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi picked two wickets each.
Resuming the second innings the South Africans openers got off to a solid start to reduce Pakistan’s lead to 121 runs. South Africa scored 37 runs, as the visitors went to lunch without losing a wicket. On Wednesday Fawad Alam rescued Pakistan from an early fall by scoring a spectacular century after the hosts were left reeling at 27/4 in the first innings. Fawad and Faheem Ashraf played knocks of 109 and 64 respectively, on the second day of the opening Test to put Pakistan on top.