Proteas

Faf savours 'special moment' for SA

2016-10-06 10:25
Faf du Plessis (Gallo)

Durban - South African captain Faf du Plessis almost couldn't believe what transpired in the third ODI against Australia at Kingsmead on Wednesday. 

Australia, batting first, posted 371/6 - the highest score Kingsmead had ever seen in the format. 

But the Proteas, as they did at the Wanderers back in that famous '438' game, stunned the Aussies to win in the final over. 

It took a special knock from David Miller, who was 118* off just 79 balls at the end, but the Proteas somehow did enough to secure a memorable series win. 

Du Plessis, standing in as captain for the injured AB de Villiers, has guided South Africa to a 1-0 Test series win over New Zealand and now an unassailable 3-0 lead in this ODI series against the Aussies.

He could not hide his satisfaction after the match on Wednesday, and he said he was "shocked" by the outcome. 

A lot of people would have laughed if you had asked them '3-0 against Australia, the number one team in the world', Du Plessis said.

"It just shows which direction we’re going in as a team at the moment.

"I’m out of words to describe how happy I am at the moment because I never thought 3-0 would have been possible against this Australian side."

Du Plessis added that the Proteas probably conceded "about 40 runs too many" with the ball on a wicket that he thought 320 would be par on. 

"I was disappointed with our bowling," he said.

"I thought our plans to the batters were really good in the second game and today we took our foot off the pedal a bit."

But, despite the shaky bowling performance, this was a time for the Proteas to celebrate. 

"I just want to take off my thinking cap for tonight and enjoy this moment," Du Plessis said. 

"This is a special moment for this team and a special moment for South Africa."

There are two matches left in the series and they will take place in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and in Cape Town on Wednesday.

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