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Faf Du Plessis Misses out on a Well-Deserved Double Hundred in Test Cricket

January 1, 2021

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Faf Du Plessis, the former South African skipper, was incredibly unhappy to miss a well-deserved double-century against Sri Lanka at the Centurion in the ongoing Test-match. Faf Du Plessis has missed a double century just by one run as he returned to the pavilion in the first innings for 199. The right-handed batsman became the eleventh batsman to do so in the process.

Mudassar Nazar had become the first batsman to be out on 199 runs. It was back in 1984 when Pakistan was playing against India. After that, numerous international cricketers had made this unfortunate record. Mohammad Azharuddin, Matthew Elliot, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Steve Waugh had made this unfortunate record during the 1980s and 1990s. Younis Khan, Ian Bell, Steve Smith, KL Rahul, and Dean Elgar became part of this list in the 2000s.

Faf Du Plessis has played exceptionally well after Cricket South Africa (CSA) relieved him from the captaincy following the home series defeat against England. The 36-year old played 276 balls and hit 24 boundaries. He formed century partnerships with Temba Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj, and took the score of the Proteas to a monumental 621. Du Plessis also shared a partnership of 77 runs with Wiaan Mulder.

South Africa lead by 225 after Faf Du Plessis top scores

Faf Du Plessis was the highest scorer with 199 runs to his name as the hosts took a decent lead of 225 against Sri Lanka on the third day. Besides the hundred from the veteran, the Proteas already had four fifties under their belt. Earlier, the Sri Lankan team had piled up 391 in the first innings, with Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dasun Shanaka scoring half-centuries. The debutants Lutho Sipamla of South Africa and Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka took four wickets each for their respective sides.

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