Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Faf du Plessis suspended for one Test

Faf du Plessis suspended for one Test

Sure enough, five balls later, out came that cover drive for the three milestone-sealing runs off Amir, and off came the helmet - not for long, mind you, as Amir sconed him in the same over with an excellently directed bouncer to remind South Africa of the enduring threat in their ranks, even if on this occasion, they are in the process of being overwhelmed.

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.

The ongoing Test series between South Africa and Pakistan also marked the return of Mohammad Amir.

However, Du Plessis - who had failed to trouble the scorers at all in Pretoria - went on to bring up his century, before eventually dismissed at 103.

The hosts won the first Test in Pretoria by six wickets inside eight sessions as both bowling attacks found conditions to their liking with seam movement, and at times steep bounce.

South Africa's seamers bowled nearly 122 overs across two innings in the match.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended for one Test and fined 20 per cent of his match fee after his side were charged with a slow over rate in the nine-wicket second Test victory over Pakistan at Newlands.

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. "We looked at the last three years here, the opposition hasn't batted past 70 overs, so the spinner isn't going to bowl that many overs", he said.

The third and final Test between the two sides is scheduled to be played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from January 11, 2019.

Seamer Vernon Philander is back for South Africa.

"The bowlers were good as a unit and we said that, if we could get one wicket, then it was a tough pitch to start on so we could get more; we just had to stick with it".

Sarfraz Ahmed said that Mohammad Abbas has recovered from his injury and will play the second Test.

Aiden Markram, Elgar's opening partner, is seen as a future Test captain.

They did so for the loss of Theunis de Bruyn, caught behind for four, while Hashim Amla retired hurt for two.

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