The England skipper was dismissed for 58 runs off Beuran Hendricks delivery as Faf du Plessis pulled off a stunning catch
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis pulled off a stunning one-handed catch to send England captain Joe Root packing in the fourth and final Test match between the two sides in Johannesburg on Monday.
Root’s was the final wicket to fall in England’s second innings, and the South African captain helped pacer Beuran Hendricks claim his maiden fifth wicket haul by dismissing the dangerous root.
The incident occurred during the 62nd over of England’s second innings after the Englishman sliced a delivery of Hendricks which went straight towards a flying du Plessis.
The Proteas captain timed his dive to perfection, jumping towards his right to pull off a stunner ending Root’s dominant show in the middle.
The Englishman was his side’s top-performer in the second innings scoring 58 off 96 deliveries, posting a total of 248 runs and handing them a lead of 465 runs.
Meanwhile, Hendricks was the pick of Proteas bowlers with figures of 5 wickets and giving away 64 runs in the process. England have been the more dominant of the two sides in this test posting a huge total of 400 runs.
🎖 @Beuran_H13 is on the honours board!
— Sport4U (@SportSA4U) January 26, 2020
How the fans reacted to the stunning catch:
Just saw that Faf du Plessis catch and that was amazing 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Very much one of the best fielders for the Proteas since readmission
— Thala Msutu (@ThalaMsutu77) January 27, 2020
— kyaligonza derick (@Derrobates) January 26, 2020
What a fantastic catch to dismiss Joe Root by du Plessis 👏👏👏
— Stephen Hill 🏴 (@shill306) January 26, 2020
What an unreal catch by Du Plessis
— EnglandFlags (@AllEnglandFlags) January 26, 2020
South Africa in trouble
Batting in reply, the South Africans were skittled out for a mere 183 runs putting them in the back foot.
Du Plessis and his teammates have a huge task in their hand as they chase a target of 466 runs with one more day of play still remaining.
Moreover, only a win could save the South Africans if they wish to level the series at home with visitors England leading 2-1 at the moment.
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Du Plessis’s South Africa, who had earlier won the first test at Centurion suffered successive defeats at Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, have put themselves in a spot of bother.
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