faf du plessis and sarfraz ahmed
Faf du Plessis (L) and Sarfraz Ahmed (AFP Photo)

On Saturday, as South Africa took a 1-0 lead against Pakistan in the three-Test series, a unique record was created when the home captain Faf du Plessis was dismissed for a duck at the SuperSport Park.

It was the first time in international cricket’s history that the captains of the two teams bagged a pair in the same Test. Both Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, and Du Plessis failed to open their account in the first innings of the Centurion Test that began on the Boxing Day. After Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat, they were bowled out for 181. Sarfraz, who batted at No. 7, was out for a four-ball duck, becoming debutant Duanne Olivier’s one of five victims.

In the second dig, he was snapped by Kagiso Rabada after being caught by counterpart Du Plessis, lasting just two deliveries.

His counterpart Du Plessis holed out to Babar Azam off Shaheen Afridi for a first-ball duck in South Africa’s reply as they made 223. Incidentally, he again fell to Afridi in the second innings and this time caught near the boundary, lasting six deliveries to create history.

Pakistan were bowled out for 190 in their second dig, with a lead of 148 runs.

Chasing 149, South Africa wobbled a bit but an unbeaten 63 from Hashim Amla sealed a comfortable six-wicket win for the hosts in Centurion. The second Test starts from January 3 in Cape Town.