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Have Beaten All Good Bowling Attacks in Newlands: du Plessis

South African captain Faf du Plessis asserted that his side has done well to secure series victories over major sides that have toured the Rainbow Nation in the last one year. The middle-order batsman was also happy with his performance, finally producing a victory at his ‘favourite’ venue - Newlands.

Cricketnext Staff |January 6, 2019, 4:03 PM IST
Have Beaten All Good Bowling Attacks in Newlands: du Plessis

South African captain Faf du Plessis asserted that his side has done well to secure series victories over major sides that have toured the Rainbow Nation in the last one year. The middle-order batsman was also happy with his performance, finally producing a victory at his ‘favourite’ venue - Newlands.

"Finally got a hundred at my favourite ground,” said the skipper, who was also awarded the man of the match for his 103 in the first innings, at the post-match presentation.

"(It is an) amazing place to play cricket, with the mountains around and the crowd is amazing as well. I have wanted it (the hundred) for a while. It was a grafty hundred.

“It's a lot of fun for us coming here (Newlands). We beat the big teams that have come here, all of them have come with good bowling attacks.”

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur deemed the wickets in South Africa to not be up to the mark but the Protea skipper reckoned that the pitch for the second Test offered both departments opportunity to flourish.

“There was enough in it for everyone. At times it was difficult, but that's Test cricket.”

“Playing a subcontinental team on a pitch that has picked up pace over the last two years, it was an easy call to make that we wanted four seamers.”

On a personal note, du Plessis regarded the previous 12 months the best he has batted in the format.

“I felt I batted the best in the last year. For me, it was a true test of my character and I am happy I managed to do well."

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed lamented the poor showing in the first innings after being asked to bat first but credited the players for bouncing back on Day 3 to put up a fight.

"We didn't get enough runs in the first innings,” he said. “Maybe a score close to 250-300 would have been good.

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

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