Faf du Plessis nears double ton at Centurion

Faf du Plessis scored his maiden 150 as South Africa continued to pile on the runs towards stricken Sri Lanka who have been hit by extra accidents through the second session of the third day at SuperSport Park.

When the tea break arrived on Monday, the Proteas have been in full management of this Boxing Day Take a look at on 565/6 and a primary innings lead of 169 with Du Plessis cruising on 177 and Keshav Maharaj coming alongside properly on 43.

The essential partnership between Du Plessis, who have to be focusing on the 200-run mark, and Maharaj, who has performed a superb knock since he arrived, is sitting on 89 off 112 balls.

They took full benefit of Sri Lanka’s mounting harm issues after they misplaced Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga was troubled by accidents to affix Dhananjaya de Silva and Kasun Rajitha within the therapy room.

After lunch, Sri Lanka misplaced Kumara they usually obtained a scare when wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella wanted medical consideration earlier than he might proceed with the match after he was stung by a bee.

Just a few overs later, the guests acquired the much-needed breakthrough once they eliminated South Africa’s final recognised batsman in Wiaan Mulder (36) who was caught behind by Dickwella from the bowling of Hasaranga.

The celebrations of Mulder’s wicket didn’t final lengthy as Hasaranga left the sector with what appeared a critical knee harm after he fell awkwardly whereas fielding on the boundary rope.

After receiving medical consideration, Hasaranga returned to the sector to bowl just a few overs shortly earlier than the tea break nevertheless it stays to be seen if he’ll be capable to proceed for the remainder of the match as he regarded gingerly.

The unavailability of De Silva, Rajitha and Kumara has left the Sri Lankans with Dasun Shanaka and Vishwa Fernando as the one two recognised and absolutely match bowlers however they should return with some battle within the third session.