‘Perfect’ Rabada destroys Lankans

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Young pace bowler Kagiso Rabada completed what his captain termed “the perfect performance” by South Africa after his 10-wicket haul for the match bowled them to a 282-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test yesterday.Rabada claimed four of the six wickets South Africa still required for victory on day four to take six for 55 and bowl Sri Lanka out for 224 in their second innings.In the process, he recorded figures of ten for 92 in the match as South Africa’s dominant victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.”It was pretty much a perfect performance. Everything was planned and everything worked out perfectly,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal had hinted that Sri Lanka could put up a fight in their second innings by batting out the final hour on day three, but they did not last long after resuming on 130 for four.Chandimal (30) was the first to go in the sixth over of the day when he chipped Rabada tamely to square leg, before the seamer’s next over claimed both Upul Tharanga and Mathews (49).When Suranga Lakmal edged through to the wicketkeeper soon after, Rabada had his second 10-wicket haul in just his 13th Test.The 21-year-old was then removed from the attack after a seven-over spell that brought four for 33, leaving Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander to grab the final two wickets of the match.REPEAT OF MISTAKES”It’s disappointing to repeat the same mistakes over two Test matches,” Mathews said.”You need long hours of concentration against a quality attack like South Africa. They give you a very rare loose ball, and if you try to score runs off the good balls, you end up nicking off to the slips or the keeper.”South Africa had set up the match on the opening two days.Opener Dean Elgar battled through seam-friendly conditions to score a century as South Africa reached 392 in their first innings, despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first.Rabada and Philander then took four wickets apiece to bowl Sri Lanka out for just 110, after which the result appeared a formality.The third and final Test gets under way in Johannesburg on January 12.last_img read more

‘Give this man the Chelsea job!’ – Danny Murphy backs young Brit for top job

first_img Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe – is he ready to coach at the top level? 1 Danny Murphy has urged Chelsea to give Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe a chance to prove himself at the top level by giving him the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge.The 38-year-old has earned plaudits for turning the Cherries from Football League also-rans to Championship winners, and guiding the club to top flight promotion for the first time in their history.Many tipped Bournemouth for an immediate return to the second tier, but they have shown real spirit this season and have a great chance to avoid the drop with the south coast side currently 13 points clear of the bottom three.Italy manager Antonio Conte, 46, remains favourite for the Chelsea job, with interim boss Guus Hiddink unlikely to stay on as boss past the end of this campaign.But Danny Murphy believes appointing Howe could be a masterstroke from the Blues.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I’m going to upset Bournemouth fans here because I rate Eddie Howe so highly that if I was a big club, like Chelsea, I would go for him. That big a job.“I would just let him get on with it, bring through the youth players and do his thing.“Although he’s young and some people might say he’s not ready and he’s not managed a big club, he’s managed successfully and has done brilliantly to get Bournemouth to where they are now.“But it’s not just his tactics and the way he’s got Bournemouth playing, it’s also the way he conducts himself and the way he talks.“He’s very well liked, very bright, articulate and he’s English. I would certainly give him an opportunity if I was a bigger club.”last_img read more