South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada on Thursday not only became the eighth Proteas cricketer to scalp 200 Test wickets, but also became the third-fastest South Africa bowler to reach the milestone in the longest format of the game. Rabada 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 to scalp 200 Test wickets.Also Read - Never Seen Such Steel in a Young Fast Bowler: Former South Africa Great Allan Donald Hails Jasprit Bumrah
The 25-year-old 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 Test format. At the moment, Rabada has the best strike rate among bowlers with 200-plus Test wickets. Also Read - IND vs SA, 2nd ODI: With Series On The Line, India Hope to Put up Better Batting Show
Meanwhile, Pakistan resumed day three of the first Test with the lead of 88 and added 70 runs to their overnight score before South Africa bundled the hosts for 378. Also Read - Dale Steyn Cites Bio-Bubbles, Family as Reasons Behind Virat Kohli Stepping Down as India's Test Captain
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.