Amla, du Plessis tons as SA pass 500


Du-Plesis1Sports desk: Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis eased to centuries, stretching South Africa’s score to 530 for 3, after rain had delayed the start of play on the second day by 90 minutes. In all, they ran up 102 runs in 23 overs in 90 minutes.

It was a truncated session, but there was enough time for Bangladesh to concede two unwanted records. With Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram having already completed their centuries on the first day, this was the fourth occasion when Bangladesh conceded four hundreds in the same innings. Pakistan (2001), India (2007) and Sri Lanka (2007) had done it previously.

Amla was the first to reach three figures on the second day when he scooped a drive off Mustafizur Rahman to the point boundary. This was his 28th Test hundred; he is now second only to Jacques Kallis in the all-time centurions’ list for South Africa. It was also his third century in 2017.

Amla and du Plessis brought up the 200-run stand in the 105th over, making it the second time that Bangladesh had conceded two double-hundred stands in the same innings.


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