Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada on Thursday not only became the eighth South African to scalp 200 Test wickets, but also became the third-fastest Proteas bowler to reach the milestone in the longest format of the game. The right-handed bowler achieved the 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 Proteas cricketer to scalp 200 Test wickets.
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Rabada creamed through Hasan Ali’s defense to become the third-fastest bowler to 200 Test wickets, after former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis (7,730) and compatriot Dale Steyn (7,848) in terms of balls bowled.
Rabada, who took 8,154 balls to claim his 200th wicket, is also the fourth-youngest bowler ever to reach the glorious milestone in the longest format of the game. At the moment, Rabada has the best strike rate among bowlers with 200-plus Test wickets.
Meanwhile, Pakistan resumed day three of the first Test with a lead of 88 and added 70 runs to their overnight score, before South Africa bundled the hosts for 378.
Rabada dismissed Ali in the 108th over but a fifty-run partnership for the last wicket, saw Pakistan going over the 350-run mark to bag a lead of 158 runs.
For South Africa, Rabada and Keshav Maharaj were the pick of the bowlers scalping three wickets each, while pacer Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi picked two wickets each.
Resuming the second innings, South African openers got off to a solid start to cut 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 with a fighting ton 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.
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