South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada proved an instant hit with Kent supporters by claiming two wickets on debut to help steer the Spitfires to a tense 10-run win over NatWest T20 Blast rivals Sussex Sharks at Canterbury.
Useful contributions from the top-order batsmen and a disciplined performance with the ball helped Kent defeat Sussex by 10 runs in their home game at the St. Lawrence Ground.
Rabada, who just arrived to participate in the tournament, had a good outing with the ball also in the recently concluded Tri-Nation series in West Indies and was one of the positives for his side in their disappointing performance.
After collecting his man-of-the-match award, 21-year-old debutant Rabada said: ‘It was a great start for my debut and I’m just happy that I could contribute and that the team has won. It’s a good start for me and hopefully, we can get some momentum from this.”
‘It was quite a good wicket but most of the guys felt we fell a bit short runs wise, so credit to all the bowlers because we made it tough for them to score and got wickets at crucial times,” he added.