Have Beaten All Good Bowling Attacks in Newlands: du Plessis

Have Beaten All Good Bowling Attacks in Newlands: du Plessis

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis takes his hand off the bat during his innings of 103 against Pakistan at Newlands.

But if we had played two or three practice matches prior to the series, it would be helpful for us.

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

Steyn drew level with Richard Hadlee of New Zealand in tenth place on 431 wickets on the all-time Test wicket-takers list. "I'm still living. It was challenging but definitely not impossible to bat on".

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.

The same could not be said for Pakistan's beleaguered pacemen, who toiled with spirit for much of the day but, on a deck on which their legspinner Yasir Shah found little assistance or role, had run out of steam by the close.

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.

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"I am disappointed. I haven't been back to South Africa in a cricketing capacity since 2010".

"Our bowling was not up to the mark", said Sarfraz. "We expected the pitch to get worse, but it actually got better and the short ball began bouncing like a tennis ball because it was not as quick", Du Plessis said. The only thing was that Pakistan went at more than four runs an over, which is not good enough.

Du Plessis felt the key to victory was restricting Pakistan to 177 in their first innings in what was the most hard time to bat in the test on day one.

"The difference is that South Africa bowled at 145 (kilometres an hour) plus and we were at 135 today".

"It was good discussion, thought we got it spot on". Hopefully we will do well in Johannesburg.

South Africa lost a wicket and added another injury concern before Dean Elgar struck part-time bowler Azhar Ali for two boundaries to finish the match.

De Bruyn was elevated to the top of the batting order as regular opener Aiden Markram was being treated for a bruised hip after crashing into the advertising boards while fielding on Saturday.