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Who would have predicted that: Faf du Plessis' daddy hundred powers South Africa to 13th consecutive ODI win at home

South Africa's Faf du Plessis

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

Faf du Plessis carted 185 in the 4th ODI on the Sri Lanka tour of South Africa in 2016-17. The score was not only his highest but the second-highest by a South African in ODIs.

Sri Lanka had been in poor form and were trailing by 0-3 in the five-match ODI series against South Africa. The Proteas, on the other hand, were on a roll and had won their last 12 ODIs on home soil.


Match Summary


South Africa 367/5 (50 overs) - Faf du Plessis 185 (141), AB de Villiers 64 (62); Sachith Pathirana 2/55 (10), Lahiru Kumara 2/73 (7)  

Sri Lanka 327 (48.1 overs) - Upul Tharanga 119 (90), Sandun Weerakkody 58 (51); Wayne Parnell 4/58 (9.1), Kagiso Rabada 2/50 (9)


Result - South Africa won by 40 runs


The series had been one-sided till now and the fact was only highlighted further when Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis added 100 runs for the second wicket. Another 137 were added between AB de Villiers and du Plessis for the third wicket as South Africa kept accelerating.

AB de Villiers scored an uncharacteristic run-a-ball 64. But, du Plessis was on fire as he carted 185 runs off just 141 deliveries including 16 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of over 130. The batsman was dismissed only in the last over but not before 72 runs was scored in the last 5 overs.

South Africa's 367-run total was their highest against Sri Lanka in ODIs, overtaking 339 scored at Hambantota in 2014.

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Hashim Amla, 1.5 ov), 2-103 (Quinton de Kock, 16.2 ov), 3-240 (AB de Villiers, 36.1 ov), 4-287 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 43.3 ov), 5-361 (Faf du Plessis, 49.2 ov)

Sri Lanka though did not give up without a fight. Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga had an opening stand of 139 within just 16 overs. This was their first century opening stand on that tour of South Africa after 13 innings.

Upul Tharanga's 73-ball 100 became the fastest century for Sri Lanka against South Africa in ODIs but that could not prevent the inevitable. Four wickets from Wayne Parnell took South Africa to a 40-run victory.

Fall of wickets: 1-139 (Niroshan Dickwella, 16.1 ov), 2-203 (Kusal Mendis, 27.2 ov), 3-216 (Upul Tharanga, 29.1 ov), 4-228 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 33.5 ov), 5-307 (Asela Gunaratne, 43.4 ov), 6-308 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 44.1 ov), 7-317 (Sandun Weerakkody, 44.6 ov), 8-325 (Sachith Pathirana, 45.6 ov), 9-325 (Lahiru Madushanka, 46.4 ov), 10-327 (Lakshan Sandakan, 48.1 ov)



South Africa - Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi BenchLungi Ngidi, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo 

Sri Lanka - Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Sandun Weerakkody, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lahiru Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan


Match Details

Match: RSA vs SL, 4th ODI, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 2016-17 

Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 

Toss: South Africa won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town 

Umpires: Adrian Holdstock, Richard Illingworth 

Third Umpire: Richard Kettleborough 

Match Referee: Sir Richie Richardson 


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