Rabada: Stokes got lucky in day one knock


Kagiso Rabada feels Ben Stokes rode his luck as he put England on top at the close on day one of the second Test and the paceman thinks South Africa can still swing the contest back in their favour with early wickets on Sunday.

Rabada was the standout bowler for the Proteas in his first Test on home soil, taking 3-74 on a flat pitch at Newlands to reduce England to 223-5 in the evening session.

Stokes (74 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (39no) then combined for an unbroken stand of 94 for the sixth wicket to leave the tourists 317-5 at stumps in Cape Town.

Rabada, who claimed the scalps of Alastair Cook (27), Nick Compton (45) and James Taylor (0), thought Stokes was somewhat fortunate in a typically positive knock and thinks South Africa can fight back on day two.

"We improved as the day went on but at the end Stokes attacked us. He got a bit lucky in scoring some of his runs. We will look to learn from our mistakes. Two or three wickets and we are in it," said the 20-year-old quick, who was on a hat-trick after dismissing Taylor.

Rabada and Test debutant Chris Morris got their chance with Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott ruled out due to injury and the paceman spoke of his determination to prove he belongs in the Proteas side.

He added: "I don't feel any pressure. It's an opportunity to play and I'm going to make the most of it. I think Chris feels the same. We come in to play and play hard."

Morris took 1-99, with Morne Morkel 1-51 on a day when England opener Alex Hales (60) scored his maiden Test half-century. The tourists lead the series 1-0.