Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada picked up 10 wickets in the second test to help South Africa with a comprehensive win over Bangladesh. Photo: @CSAOfficial via Twitter

South Africa wrapped up a comprehensive innings and 254-run victory in the second Test here on Sunday, claiming a 2-0 series win in the process. 

Victory came quickly on the third day, as inspired by Kagiso Rabada - and with excellent support from Andile Phehlukwayo - South Africa romped to victory 35 minutes before the scheduled tea interval when the tourists were bowled out for 172

Rabada finished with match figures of 10/65 becoming the 16th South African player to pick up 100 Test wickets. He achieved that landmark in his 22nd Test, tying for third with Allan Donald and Hugh Tayfield, with only Dale Steyn (20) and Vernon Philander (19) getting to that milestone faster. It was the third ‘ten-for’ of his career, while his second innings effort was seventh time he’d picked up five wickets in an innings.

It was another dreadful batting display from the Bangladeshis who, after being bowled out for 147 in just 42.5 overs in their first innings, again failed to come to terms with South Africa’s aggression in their second dig, lasting nearly the exactly the same number of overs, 42.4.

Three Bangladeshi batsmen were struck on the head in the first session, including skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who required treatment pitchside after copping sickening blow on the side of his head from Duanne Olivier. Mushfiqur, who was initially advised to seek medical attention, did go to hospital during the lunch break after he’d been dismissed in the last over before the interval.

That Bangladesh were able to last an hour after lunch was largely down to Faf du Plessis utilising Parnell after the break and Phehlukwayo struggling to get his rhythm going, but once the latter had a achieved that, he bowled a beautiful spell in which he dismissed Liton Das with a ball that came back into the right hander - after the previous half a dozen deliveries had moved away - and then Sabbir Rahman that Du Plessis did well to hang onto at second slip.

Rabada having taken out Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque in the morning, picked up Mahmadullah, thanks to an excellent diving catch by Dean Elgar in the gully, before knocking out the stumps of tailenders Taijiful Islam and Rubel Hossain.

Phehlukwayo claimed the last wicket when he cleaned up Mustafizur Rahman for 7, finishing with 3/36 from 9.4 overs in the second innings.
South Africa and Bangladesh next face off in a three-match One-Day series that starts next Sunday in Kimberley.

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