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Faf misses out on hundred as Proteas set Sri Lanka 304 for victory

Faf du Plessis hits through the offside during his innings of 90 for the Proteas against Sri Lanka. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Faf du Plessis hits through the offside during his innings of 90 for the Proteas against Sri Lanka. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Published Feb 15, 2019

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DURBAN – Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock hit half-centuries as South Africa stretched their lead on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Du Plessis just missed out on a hundred after being dismissed for 90 when Vishwa Fernando trapped him lbw as the Proteas captain left a ball that swung back into him.

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The South Africans were eventually bowled out for 259, setting Sri Lanka a target of 304 for victory at Kingsmead.

Earlier, De Kock made 55 before being out lbw to debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.

Resuming on 126/4, South African captain Du Plessis and wicket-keeper De Kock were largely untroubled on an easy-paced pitch, until De Kock went back to a ball from Embuldeniya, which spun into the left-hander and kept low.

De Kock was the more aggressive partner in a stand of 96 which eased South African nerves after the hosts had been struggling at 95/4.

De Kock made his runs off 62 balls with six fours.

Du Plessis had faced 139 deliveries by lunch, hitting 10 fours. Embuldeniya had figures of 3/51.

Latest Score: Sri Lanka 10/0, need another 294 for victory.

AFP, Staff Writer

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