South Africa won the second Test to secure series win against Pakistan

South Africa clinched a 9-wicket victory against Pakistan in the 2nd Test match to achieve an invulnerable 2-0 lead in the series in Cape Town.


Pakistan got all out at 294 in their 2nd innings after bowling on the 3rd day, South Africa started day 4 requiring just forty one runs to seal the victory.

They made it so for the miss of Theunis de Bruyn, who was caught at the back for 4, while Hashim Amla got out for just 2.

But 24 runs of Dean Elgar’s who remained not out helped watch them over the line in 9.5 overs.

De Bruyn was sent as a replacement of Aiden Markram to open, who scored 78 runs in the 1st innings but went through a bruised thigh while fielding at Newlands on the third day.

In between all these, Amla sent inside after being hit by Mohammad Amir, Pakistan pace bowler, on the elbow – setting some question marks over him and Markrem for last Test match of the series i.e. the 3rd Test, which starts on Friday in Johannesburg.

But as Faf du Plessis the skipper joined Elgar so there were no more complications for the hosts, because Elgar is the one who secured the win with consecutive boundaries off Azhar Ali, who is a part-time bowler of Pakistan.

Du Plessis said an attacking mindset with lively surfaces, inspired by T20 cricket, made the Test cricket even more exciting.

“There are not a lot of Test matches that are going five days around the world any more,” he said.

“The speed of play has gone up tremendously. Test cricket has evolved and it is great for the fans. They are getting fours, sixes, lots of wickets and pace bowlers bowling. Test cricket for me the last few years has been the most exciting format of all.”

Du Plessis told in the starting 2 days the field or pitch had been quite challenging but the batsmen got the reward of it.

“If Pakistan batted well yesterday (Saturday), today and tomorrow would have been good batting wickets. It flattened out and the ball got soft. It was tough on day two but we scored close to 400 runs,” he said.

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South Africa clinched a 9-wicket victory against Pakistan in the 2nd Test match to achieve an invulnerable 2-0 lead in the series in Cape Town.

Du Plessis enforced an over-rate ban

Therefore, Du Plessis will surely miss the third Test at the Wanderers as the International Cricket Council has suspended him for one match for South Africa’s minor over-rate at Cape Town.

A fine of about twenty percent of his match fee has also been charged from him, with the other players charged ten percent of their.

The ban was imposed due to the fact that it was the 2nd minor over-rate violation of Du Plessis in the previous twelve months – after a same illegal act in a Test against in January 2018 at Centurion.

Elgar, who played in as skipper for Du Plessis in 2017 for 1 Test in England , could carry out that one more time.

Du Plessis gave out an equivalent over-rate ban in 2014 at the World T20, losing a match against England – despite the fact that Proteas were champion on that occasion, sending England out from the competition.

Both Teams will face each other in 5 one-day internationals and 3 T20 matches after the Test series.

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