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South Africa v Pakistan: Proteas win second Test to clinch series win

South Africa v Pakistan: Proteas win second Test to clinch series win

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.

Match referee David Boon imposed the suspension on du Plessis after South Africa were ruled to be one over short after time allowances were taken into consideration.

"The standard of the wicket we had at Centurion [in the first Test‚ where South Africa won by six wickets inside three days] and the wicket here‚ I think‚ hasn't been good enough for Test cricket‚" he said.

It is South Africa's seventh straight Test series win at home, while they have also never lost a home series under the leadership of Du Plessis.

Pakistan scored 177 in their first innings and were critical of the uneven bounce and cracks on the wicket at the iconic Cape Town venue but South Africa, with Du Plessis scoring 103, replied with 431.

Pakistan's spirits also took a battering in the second hour of the morning session when, in a sliding doors moment that had uncanny parallels with Dean Elgar's reprieve in the run-chase at Centurion, they were denied the wicket of Temba Bavuma, on 3 at the time, after a low catch to Azhar Ali at slip was contentiously overturned by the third umpire, S Ravi.

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Du Plessis said lively surfaces and an attacking mindset, encouraged by Twenty20 cricket, had helped make Test cricket exciting. "I'm still living. It was challenging but definitely not impossible to bat on".

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

The South African captain felt Pakistan had missed a chance to put pressure on the hosts by failing to capitalise on a sparkling third wicket stand between Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq on Saturday.

Seamer Vernon Philander is back for South Africa. But he gritted his teeth and got on with the job, and when on 96, Sarfraz behind the stumps spilled the simplest of leg-side deflections off the toiling Abbas, he knew it had to be his day.

Sarfraz Ahmed said that Mohammad Abbas has recovered from his injury and will play the second Test.

Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt on two after being hit on the right upper arm by a ball from Mohammad Amir which lifted sharply off a good length.