South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 2: Du Plessis’ ton keeps South Africa on top in Cape Town

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Faf du Plessis celebrates after scoring his ninth Test hundred

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis led by example as he scored a superb 103 to keep his side in control against Pakistan on the second day in Cape Town.

Starting off the day on 123/2, South Africa only added three runs to their overnight score before batsman Hashim Amla was clean bowled by Mohammad Abbas for 24.

Theunis de Bruyn was the next to go as he was caught by Babar Azam at gully off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi for 13.

Du Plessis and Temba Bavuma stabilised the innings with a 156-run partnership, during which both batsmen sailed past their fifties.

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Temba Bavuma scored his 13th Test fifty

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With South Africa beginning to cruise, Pakistan did everything in their power to try and break the stand.

Ultimately, it was Afridi who did so as he had Bavuma caught behind for 75, which came off 162 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock added 51 runs to the score before Du Plessis was caught behind off the bowling of Afridi for 103, which came off 226 deliveries and included 13 boundaries.

De Kock and Vernon Philander managed to amass an unbeaten 26-run stand, during which De Kock brought up his half-century, before stumps was called.

De Kock finished on 55, which came off 72 balls and included seven boundaries, while Philander remained undefeated on six.

Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Abbas, Mohammad Amir and Shan Masood claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day two on 382/6 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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