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Faf Du Plessis suspended as South Africa guilty of slow over rate

07 January, 2019, 02:31 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Du Plessis will sit out the final match of the series against Pakistan starting in Johannesburg on Friday. — File

Sarfraz acknowledged that a single warm-up game had not been enough to prepare Pakistan for South African conditions but he took heart from the second innings in which Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam scored impressive half-centuries.

Amla has served as South Africa's Test captain previously, before the now-retired AB de Villiers and then Du Plessis took on the role.

And Arthur says such unpredictability so early in a Test suggests the surface is not fit to host an encounter that could decide the three-match series - South Africa having won the opener at Centurion.

So since Pakistan has already lost the first Test match of current series at Centurion by six wickets, another defeat will result in nothing but further addition to Pakistan's woes in South Africa.

Visibly in a lot of pain, the veteran left the field, leaving Elgar and skipper Faf du Plessis to get the job done.

"I still believe in a good contest in Test cricket but, again, we aren't at home so we don't have a say".

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.

South Africa will be without captain Faf du Plessis for the third Test at the Wanderers after he was suspended for one Test and fined 20 percent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during South Africa's nine-wicket win over Pakistan at Newlands.

But unlike India, who refused to blame the surfaces for their 2-1 defeat a year ago, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was particularly critical this past week. The third and final Test starts in Johannesburg on Friday.

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 Abbas. "We are getting better day by day. It's an awesome place to play cricket", said du Plessis.

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.

Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt on two after being hit on the right upper arm by a ball from Mohammad Amir which lifted sharply off a good length.



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