South Africa vs Pakistan: Faf du Plessis hits ninth career ton to steer Proteas to commanding position with 205-run lead in first innings

Faf du Plessis made 103, his ninth Test century, as South Africa reached 382 for six at the close, a lead of 205 runs.

Agence France-Presse, Jan 04, 2019 22:16:39 IST

Cape Town: Faf du Plessis ground out a century and put South Africa in a commanding position on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday.

Du Plessis made 103, his ninth Test century, as South Africa reached 382 for six at the close, a lead of 205 runs.

The South African captain shared a fifth wicket partnership of 156 with Temba Bavuma (75), which sapped the energy from the Pakistan bowlers and fielders. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock benefitted from the wearing down of the bowlers, hitting a breezy 55 not out off 71 balls late in the day.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis celebrates his 100 on day two of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (second from right) reached his 9th Test century on Day 2 of the Cape Town Test. AP

Du Plessis, out for a pair during South Africa's six-wicket win in the first Test in Centurion, showed patience and resolve in an innings lasting six minutes short of six hours. He faced 226 balls and hit 13 fours.

He gave a chance on 96 when Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, could not hold a faint glance down the leg side off Mohammad Abbas.

Abbas bowled a probing line and length but had a largely luckless day. It started well enough when he bowled Hashim Amla with his fifth delivery of the morning with a ball which deviated sharply off a crack outside the right-handers' off stump and sent the leg stump flying.

Abbas appeared to have had Bavuma caught by Azhar Ali at first slip when the batsman was on three. The on-field umpires gave a "soft" signal of out but asked for television umpire Sundaram Ravi to check whether there had been a clean catch. Ravi decided the ball had made contact with the ground while the catch was being taken.

Shortly afterwards, Abbas unsuccessfully sought a review when he thought Bavuma was leg before wicket. He later won an lbw decision against Bavuma only for the batsman to be reprieved on review, with replays showing the ball just going over the top of the bails.

The left-armed Mohammad Amir beat the outside of Du Plessis's bat on several occasions but Du Plessis batted on doggedly, prepared to wait for rare loose deliveries before playing attacking shots.

Bavuma, who hit a solitary Test century against England three seasons ago, made his 13th half-century before being caught behind off left-armer Shaheen Shah Afridi, bowling around the wicket. Bavuma faced 162 balls and hit ten fours.

Afridi was the most expensive of the Pakistan bowlers, conceding 112 runs, but he picked up three of the four wickets that fell during an attritional day, including that of Du Plessis on review after umpire Joel Wilson failed to detect a faint edge.


Updated Date: Jan 04, 2019 22:16:39 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254