Faf shows class in warm-up match

2014-02-06 00:00

FAF du Plessis completed a stylish half-century to steer the South African XI to 147 for five at the close yesterday, an overall lead of 312 runs, on the second day of the three-day warm-up game against the South African Composite XI at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Du Plessis was undefeated on 67 at stumps. He faced 105 balls and hit 11 fours.

The Composite XI resumed on 24 for three yesterday but was bundled out for 134 as Robin Peterson (3-9), Dale Steyn (3-40) and Rory Kleinveldt (2-17) kept plugging away with wickets continuously.

South Africa resumed after tea yesterday on 17 for one.

Hashim Amla attempted a front-foot drive just after tea and was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Hardus Viljoen for 15 to leave South Africa vulnerable on 27 for two.

Graeme Smith looked in good nick and guided South Africa to 69 in tandem with Du Plessis before he played an aerial straight drive off Wayne Parnell that was intercepted by a diving Simon Harmer.

Smith would have been annoyed at the mode of his dismissal for 27, much the same as in the first innings, when he played an attractive 29 before getting caught in the outfield.

JP Duminy and Du Plessis continued, but Duminy had to come off the field after 32 minutes with a wrist injury.

He retired hurt on 10.

Duminy hurt his left wrist in a Ram Slam T20 Challenge match while playing for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and just left the field yesterday as a precautionary measure.

Thami Tsolekile came in but only survived for 40 deliveries before he attempted to cut Viljoen over the inner ring, but parried it to Dominic Hendricks at point. He was gone for 12.

Du Plessis showed his class with a vast array of shots and sound defensive options. His 50 came off 85 balls with eight boundaries, an indication of his fluency.

Beuran Hendricks captured 1-7 in four overs, while Viljoen bowled with some aggression and took 2-30 in 11 overs.

Parnell finished with 1-21 in six overs.

Earlier, the South African Composite XI resumed on 24 for three.

De Kock and Stiaan van Zyl featured in a 50-run partnership off 94 balls for the fourth wicket.

Once De Kock was caught in the gully by Amla off Morné Morkel for 50, the innings lost its shape.

De Kock hit five fours and faced 88 balls in a composed and mature innings.

After his departure, a double-break by Kleinveldt put South Africa in the ascendancy.

Kleinveldt had Stiaan van Zyl caught behind by Tsolekile for 24 as he beat the in-form batsman with an out-swinger.

He beat Rilee Rossouw in similar fashion, as the left-hander was caught behind for two.

The Composite XI slipped to 81 for six.

After lunch, left-arm spinner Peterson broke a stubborn partnership between Dominic Hendricks and Temba Bavuma when he had Hendricks caught at short midwicket by Du Plessis for 23.

The fast bowler Steyn ripped through the lower order and removed Wayne Parnell, Bavuma and Beuran Hendricks to dismiss the Composite XI for 135.

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