South African skipper Faf du Plessis is a doubtful starter for the T20I series against Bangladesh after getting diagnosed with acute lower back strain during the 3rd and the final ODI against Bangladesh at the Buffalo Park in East London.
Du Plessis was batting on 91 when he sustained the injury and had to be carried off the field by David Miller who wasn’t part of the playing XI. Cricket South Africa confirmed that the skipper wouldn’t take any further part in the match and has gone for assessing his condition.
The captain struck ten fours and a six during his unbeaten knock before it was cut short by the unfortunate injury. The incident happened in the 41st over of South Africa’s innings when du Plessis was attempting the 2nd run. He was in ominous pain and struggled to get back on his feet. He left the ground only with the help of Miller. Following the completion of this encounter, South Africa will meet Bangladesh in a couple of T20I’s starting on October 26.
Winning the toss, du Plessis opted to bat first. It was a spectacular display of batting by the top four batsmen of the Proteas, as they went past the 300 mark with much ease. Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock shared a 119-runs stand for the opening wicket. While Bavuma got dismissed for 48, De Kock went on to make a well composed 73 off 68 deliveries.
Du Plessis was the highest scorer for the hosts with an unbeaten 91 while Aiden Markram also chipped in with a 60 ball 66. De Villiers couldn’t quite capitalise on their great start and got dismissed on 20. South Africa eventually finished their allotted 50 overs on 369/6.
Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa later announced that Faf du Plessis has been ruled out from the T20s and JP Duminy will lead the side in the T20 series against Bangladesh.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 22, 2017