Kagiso Rabada's all-round contribution helped South Africa take lead    Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada’s all-round contribution helped South Africa take lead Getty Images

Restricting India at 209 and taking the lead, South Africa are in a commanding position in the Cape Town Test. However, Kagiso Rabada wants his side to continue playing well, as India can stage a comeback at any point. Rabada not only picked up 3 wickets, but also contributed with 26 crucial runs on a track where batsmen like Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla struggled. Rabada’s knock as nightwatchman was a commendable one, as it helped Keshav Maharaj to add some crucial last-moment runs.

We will take it [the lead]. At the end of the day we will take it. After the sort of momentum they got in the second session, we would take that lead. Obviously we were hoping for a bigger lead, but India are not going to roll over and we expected that. That is what they showed out there, Rabada said to the media on Sunday, reported Hindustan Times.

You can t just come in and just play shots everywhere. It s almost like there s a ball that will have your name on it. I think you need a little bit of luck,” he added.

Rabada praised Pandya for his outstanding knock. “As you ve seen Hardik Pandya got dropped, but he did play well. So I think it s a wicket where you need a little bit of luck. You need to really grind.”

I actually had no shirt on in the change room, I was relaxing. I had baby powder on my feet. And then Faf came and asked me to do it, and I said okay because I was the option. If the team needs me to do it, I ll do it, he said of South Africa’s decision of sending Rabada to bat.

It is tough to say score right now. We are looking at bat time, looking to bat normally and see what happens from there. We want to make it hard for them to score, he added.