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West Indies dismiss du Plessis on rain-hit day


Faf du Plessis hits down the ground during day 1 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and West Indies at St Georges Park yesterday in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Rain ensured only six overs were possible on day two, and West Indies managed to pick up their third wicket in that time.

The start was delayed by two hours, and the drizzle sent the players back indoors half an hour into the morning session.

The weather remained grim over the next few hours, and the umpires officially called off play at 5.05pm.

South Africa will begin the third day on 289 for 3, with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers at the crease.

Faf du Plessis, on 99 overnight, reached his century off the first ball of the day with a clip to the long leg boundary and fell next ball, nicking a Jerome Taylor outswinger to the keeper. It was pitched on the perfect length, freezing du Plessis’ feet and causing his hands to follow the ball, and the Snickometer revealed that it had kissed his outside edge, after umpire Paul Reiffel initially ruled it not out.

Taylor and Jason Holder continued to move the ball around, and opened up both Amla and de Villiers, finding their leading edges as they looked to play across the line. Both batsmen were just finding their feet when it began drizzling again, and de Villiers unfurled a couple of gorgeous drives off Holder, one through extra cover and one down the ground. (cricinfo)

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