Faf Du Plessis

  • Virat Kohli gratefully accepts gift from skipper Dhoni 05-04-2014 08:32 AM

    When Virat Kohli accepted the man of the match award on Friday, it was the second gift he had received in quick succession. With the scores level in the World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni could not have asked for a more innocuous delivery as...
  • WT20 semi-final: India on a roll but South Africa a tough nut 04-04-2014 09:02 AM

    After rain played spoilsport in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 and threatening to ruin the second where India take on South Africa on Friday, the weathermen in Mirpur have forecast another strong thunderstorm in the evening on April 4. But India, who have been on a...
  • India favourites, South Africa underdogs: Faf du Plessis on WT20 semis 03-04-2014 05:38 PM

    Mirpur: South African skipper Faf du Plessis on Thursday said though he has learnt a lot from MS Dhoni during his stint with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, he would be relying on his own style of captaincy when his team takes on India in the semi-finals of the...
  • Du Plessis, Chandimal suspended for second over-rate offences 28-03-2014 07:50 PM

    Chittagong: South Africa and Sri Lanka captains Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Chandimal have been suspended for one match each, while their players have been fined, after both sides maintained slow over-rates during the ICC World T20 Group 1 match here. This was both captains' second minor over-rate offences within...
  • WT20: South Africa clash with England, eye semi-final berth 28-03-2014 04:26 PM

    Chittagong: With back-to-back victories, South Africa have put themselves in contention for a semi-final berth and they will look to seal the berth when they clash with England in their last Group 1 league match of the ICC World T20 here on Saturday. South Africa had started their campaign on...
  • Du Plessis hails Steyn after last-ball heroics 25-03-2014 12:16 PM

    South African captain Faf du Plessis praised Dale Steyn as the world's best bowler after the ice-cool pacer kept his nerve to deny New Zealand victory in a last-ball thriller at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. The Black Caps, chasing a target of 171 runs on Monday, needed just seven...
  • World T20: Steyn's last-over heroics help South Africa beat New Zealand 24-03-2014 07:03 PM

    Chittagong: JP Duminy blasted an unbeaten 86 and Dale Steyn bowled a sensational last over as South Africa pulled of a dramatic two-run win over New Zealand to bring their ICC World Twenty20 campaign back on track, here on Monday. Riding on Duminy's blistering knock, South Africa collected 70 runs...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs New Zealand, World Twenty20 24-03-2014 02:04 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS & TEAM NEWS: New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis returned fit to play in place of Behardien. New Zealand went in with an unchanged side. Playing XIs: New Zealand:...
  • South Africa captain Du Plessis to undergo fitness test 24-03-2014 09:25 AM

    Cape Town: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will undergo a fitness test before Monday's World Twenty20 match against New Zealand after missing the opening game with a hamstring injury, Cricket South Africa said on Sunday. He continues to make "positive progress" after sitting out Saturday's loss to Sri Lanka...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, World Twenty20 Game 14 22-03-2014 01:54 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Toss and team news: Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to bat. South Africa's regular T20 skipper Faf du Plessis misses out due to injury while Dale Steyn is fit to play. South Africa are in Group...
  • World T20: Du Plessis, Steyn doubtful for SA ahead of Sri Lanka tie 21-03-2014 07:14 PM

    South African captain Faf du Plessis and spearhead Dale Steyn will undergo fitness tests ahead of their opening World Twenty20 game in Chittagong, the skipper said here on Friday. Both du Plessis and Steyn took part in team practice on Friday but have not fully recovered from hamstring injuries. "It's...
  • Australia a threat at World T20, says Du Plessis 15-03-2014 06:35 PM

    Centurion: South African captain Faf du Plessis believes Australia's strong batting line-up will have a significant impact in the World Twenty20 which starts in Bangladesh next week. "They've got a powerhouse batting attack," said Du Plessis after Australia cruised to a six-wicket win over his team at SuperSport Park on...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st T20 09-03-2014 05:38 PM

    Persistent showers forced the first Twenty20 between Australia and South Africa at Port Elizabeth to be called off. South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday. Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 03-03-2014 10:25 PM

    Cape Town: Australia took a firm grip on the third Test as seamers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris snared seven wickets between them to bowl South Africa out for 287 on day three on Monday at Newlands. While Johnson combined pace and aggression to raise his series tally to 19...
  • 2nd Test: Australia take late wickets, South Africa 214 for 5 on Day 1 20-02-2014 09:29 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take two late wickets and reclaim control over South Africa on the first day of the second Test on Thursday. Spinners Nathan Lyon, who took 2 for 47, and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock...
  • South Africa happy with Test warm-up ahead of Australia series 07-02-2014 08:02 AM

    Johannesburg: A century by Faf du Plessis and a first session in the middle for wicketkeeper AB de Villiers since hand surgery has left South Africa satisfied with preparations for the Test series against Australia. South Africa, who host a buoyant Australian side fresh from their Ashes triumph in a...
  • India vs SA: Who earns more from the draw? 25-12-2013 09:42 AM

    Cape Town:South Africa put up one of the boldest fightbacks in Test cricket and then shied away from a chance at history at the end. India enjoyed supremacy over the top team in the world for four out of five days and still nearly fell to a hurtful defeat. Who...
  • Faf du Plessis records second century in another drawn Test 23-12-2013 02:03 PM

    Johannesburg: Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers once again set a perfect platform for South Africa at Wanderers, stitching together 205 runs for the fifth wicket, but they both got out at crucial moments, leaving their team in a quandry to whether go for victory or a draw. Here...
  • Five of Test cricket's greatest fourth innings 23-12-2013 09:27 AM

    Johannesburg: The near-historic finish between South Africa and India in the first Test on Sunday is likely to be remembered as one of the game's best ever - even if the end result was a draw. What a draw it was! Chasing a huge 458 to win, South Africa came...
  • Satisfied with draw result: Faf du Plessis 23-12-2013 08:55 AM

    Johannesburg: They came close to record a historic win against India but eventually had to settle for a draw and South African batsman Faf du Plessis' says his team was satisfied with the end result. Du Plessis' superb knock of 134 runs and his 205-run partnership with AB de Villiers...
  • South Africa right to apply brakes on epic chase, says Smith 23-12-2013 08:24 AM

    Johannesburg: South Africa skipper Graeme Smith defended the controversial decision to abandon his team's epic pursuit of a world record score and settle for a tense first Test draw against India. South Africa needed just 16 runs off the final three overs with three wickets remaining as they chased down...
  • 1st Test: SA manage dramatic draw against India after Du Plessis ton 22-12-2013 09:42 PM

    After five days of gruelling battle where the luck fluctuated from one side to another, the first Test between South Africa and India ended in a draw when the home side decided not to go for the required 16 runs in three overs, with still three wickets left. South Africa...
  • 2nd T20: Pakistan out to snap losing streak against SA 21-11-2013 10:54 PM

    Pakistan are up against a big challenge of snapping a three-match losing streak as they take on South Africa in the second and last Twenty20 at Cape Town on Friday. The visitors would call themselves a little unlucky as the hosts were awarded a win via the Duckworth/Lewis method. Pakistan...
  • 1st T20: South Africa beat Pakistan in rain-curtailed match 21-11-2013 01:44 AM

    Johannesburg: Rain helped South Africa to a sixth straight victory over Pakistan in limited-overs cricket on Wednesday as the home team won the opening Twenty20 by four runs on the Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) method. The weather interrupted with Pakistan on 60 for 2 after 9.1 overs chasing South Africa's 153 for...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st T20 20-11-2013 09:45 PM

    Pakistan have won the toss and opted to field first on the green top at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday. With allrounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq having returned home due to injuries, Pakistan had to choose from the available 13 players. South Africa have rested prolific...
  • 1st T20: Pakistan look to redeem in return series 19-11-2013 11:40 PM

    Johannesburg: South Africa would be confident for the return limited-over series against Pakistan, which starts with two T20s and three ODIs. In the United Arab Emirates, South Africa clinched the five-match ODI series 2-0 and this would boost their hopes of moving up the ranks in rankings. Moreover, Pakistan have...
  • Faf du Plessis happy with battling South Africa after T20 win 16-11-2013 09:36 PM

    Dubai: South African Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has said he was happy with his team's never-say-die performances against Pakistan, culminating in a 2-0 win series win in Dubai on Friday. The tour-ending clash saw Pakistan collapse once more, ending with 144-9 in pursuit of a 151-run target. That came...
  • South Africa unchanged for home T20 series against Pakistan 16-11-2013 04:34 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa have stuck to the same 15-man squad that recently defeated Pakistan 2-0 in a Twenty20 international series in Dubai for a further two matches against the same opponents at home next week. Faf du Plessis will captain the selection that has now won consecutive away series...
  • 2nd T20: Du Plessis, Parnell lead South Africa to series victory 16-11-2013 01:45 AM

    Dubai: Captain Faf du Plessis smashed a half-century and led South Africa to a six-run victory against yet another lackluster batting display by Pakistan in the second Twenty20 international on Friday. The Proteas move to No. 3 in world Twenty20 rankings with a 2-0 win in the series after winning...
  • Live Score: Pak-SA 2nd T20 heads towards a close finish 15-11-2013 09:10 PM

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first in the second Twenty20 against Pakistan on Friday. Pakistan included Nasir Jamshed in place of Abdur Rehman, while South Africa brought in Henry David for JP Duminy, who was sent home for taking rest. Teams: Pakistan:...