Faf du Plessis’ brilliant run out of ball tamperer Cameron Bancroft on day four of the third Test at Newlands is our Play of the Day.
Australia had started their second innings well and had seen Bancroft and David Warner – who was stood down as the team’s vice-captain after the ball-tampering row – off nicely after scoring 57 runs for the opening stand.
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The two weren’t taking any risks, and were playing conservatively as they tried to redeem themselves after Saturday’s debacle where the young Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball with sticky tape.
With Bancroft on 26, Warner called for a suicidal single into the covers. Du Plessis responded quickly and swooped on the ball; in a single motion, he had a throw at the stumps. Quinton de Kock was there to collect, but moved his hands when he realised it was going to be a direct hit.
Bancroft’s wicket had a domino effect and Australia capitulated, losing the remaining nine wickets for just 50 runs, which secured the 322-run win for the Proteas, who now take a 2-1 lead into the final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
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