South Africa captain Faf du Plessis banned from third test against Pakistan

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis banned from third test against Pakistan

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis banned from third test against Pakistan

Highlights from Newlands as South Africa eased to a series-sealing victory over Pakistan.

Not only did Du Plessis' sublime knock, along with Temba Bavuma's half-century, set up a Proteas first-innings total that ultimately paved the way for a match-winning lead, but it also showed that the pitches in South Africa were not landmines waiting to explode.

On the other hand, in the second Test, South Africa will have the services of Vernon Philander, who has taken 49 wickets in nine Test matches at Newlands with an average of 16.55.

On a personal note, du Plessis regarded the previous 12 months the best he has batted in the format.

The result ensured a seventh successive home series win for South Africa, who won the first Test in Centurion by six wickets. Test cricket has evolved and it is great for the fans.

Sarfraz also lamented the lack of practice matches before heading in a tough away series against a team like South Africa.

South Africa chased down the 41 runs required for a series win against Pakistan easily on the fourth day of the second Test in Newlands, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Afridi was the most expensive of the Pakistan bowlers, conceding 112 runs, but he picked up three of the four wickets that fell during the day, including that of du Plessis on review after umpire Wilson failed to detect a faint edge. "Test cricket for me the last few years has been the most exciting format of all".

The South African captain felt Pakistan had missed a chance to put pressure on the hosts by failing to capitalise on a sparkling third wicket stand between Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq on Saturday.

Every morning Faf du Plessis wakes up, someone is moaning about the state of the pitches in South Africa.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the loss of five wickets on the first morning after his side were sent in had put Pakistan in a position from which it was hard to recover.

"Not too long ago we were number seven in the world, and the first thing we said was that home series we need to take care of and play really well there". "We are getting better day by day".

The new opening pair of Theunis de Bruyn and Dean Elgar would've wanted to wrap up proceedings, after Aiden Markram had a bit of trouble with his quad muscle.

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