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South Africa put behind them three days of being outplayed by India to have their best day of the First Test match at the Wanderers on Saturday. They will need a great deal more of the same going into the fifth day when they have the option of either seeing out the 90 overs for an honourable draw or going all the way by attempting to score the remaining 320 runs needed for victory. At the close of play they had scored 138/2 in their second innings in pursuit of a world record victory target of 458. The former looks the more likely option but at this stage the odds must remain on India to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

The Proteas actually had the better of all three sessions as they worked their way through the Indian second innings with their weakened bowling attack after they had got past the major obstacle of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli whose third wicket partnership finally realised 222 runs. Pujara went past 150 for the fourth time in his young Test match career to finish on 153 (270 balls, 21 fours) while Kohli finished four runs short of his second century in the match (96 runs, 193 balls, 9 fours).

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Jannie du Plessis and Morné Steyn will reach the special milestone of playing in their 50th Tests for South Africa against Australia at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, as Adriaan Strauss and Fourie du Preez have been promoted to the Springbok starting line-up.

It will be the second time in Springbok history that two players will earn their 50th caps in the same Test – on 1 August 2009 Jean de Villiers and Bryan Habana, now the two most experienced members of the squad, reached this special milestone together against New Zealand in Durban.

Du Plessis and Steyn will become the 25th and 26th Springboks to play in 50 Tests for South Africa. Steyn also needs two points to move to 600 Test points for the Boks – he is currently on 598 in his 49 Tests to date.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday re-appointed Faf du Plessis as captain of the Proteas squad for the KFC T20 International Series against Pakistan next month. AB de Villiers has requested to stand down from this role. This means that the Proteas will have a different captain for all three formats of the game with De Villiers continuing as captain of the Proteas Castle Lager squad for the five-match Momentum ODI Series against the same opponents.

“Handing Faf the T20 captaincy is an exciting option for us to explore our leadership resources,” commented national coach Gary Kirsten said. “He showed a lot of potential during the series against New Zealand in both the T20 and ODI formats, and this will be another great opportunity for him to work on his role as a leader.

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An astonishing day of runs and wickets from the South Africa left New Zealand in tatters at the end of the second day of the second Test match at Axxess St.George’s on Saturday as the tourists closed on 47-6 in reply to South Africa’s huge total of 525-8 declared.

Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar added centuries to the one Hashim Amla made on day one before Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson claimed a pair of wickets each to set up the possibility of a second successive three-day victory for the home side.

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South Africa comprehensively thrashed New Zealand in the first match of a three game T20 series at Durban today. The Kiwis were utterly decimated as the Proteas bundled them out for a measly 86 runs, with a stellar bowling performance led by Rory Kleinveldt who bagged three wickets and the man of the match award. While Doug Bracewell (21*) and Cory Munro (23) put up some sort of a fight for New Zealand, it wasn't enough to turn the game. South Africa finished off the match quickly, as they chased the target down in 12.1 overs, with captain Faf du Plessis (38*) starring in the chase. On the whole, it was a brilliant all round show by the Proteas, who deservedly came out on top.

New Zealand and South Africa kicked off the first match in their T20 series at Durban, with the Kiwis winning the toss and electing to bat first. Brendon McCullum, who has recently been promoted to captain, was looking to make a point against this South African side led by Fa du Pleiss. Both teams came into this series with a good number of players still wet behind the ears, with four players yet to play an international match in the South African squad, against five for the Kiwis.

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Faf du Plessis' impressive international career gained fresh momentum on Thursday when Cricket South Africa (CSA) named him as captain of the Proteas squad for the three-match KFC T20 International Series against New Zealand later this month.

The first match in the KFC Series takes place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday, 21 December; the second at Buffalo Park on Sunday, 23 December; and the final one at Axxess St. George's on Wednesday, 26 December.

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Faf du Plessis produced one of the finest defensive innings in South African cricket history to secure an astonishing draw in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Resuming on a precarious 77-4 and needing to bat the entire day to prevent the home team taking a one-nil lead, Du Plessis survived until the close moving from his overnight 19 not out to finish with a maiden Test century as South Africa closed on 248-8 from a mammoth 148 overs.

The Nashua Titans right-hander's unbeaten 110 was crafted from 376 deliveries faced over the course of seven hours and 44 minutes.

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