Faf du Plessis has struck five boundaries in his innings so far    AFP (File Photo)
Faf du Plessis has struck five boundaries in his innings so far AFP (File Photo)

Faf du Plessis brought up his half-century in 52 deliveries during the third One-Day International (ODI) between India and South Africa at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday. The South African No. 3 batsman has struck five boundaries in his knock so far as the visitors looked comfortably settled at the crease. Du Plessis’s third-wicket partnership with Quinton de Kock was worth 94 at the end of 34 overs, with the Proteas reaching a score of 181 for 2. Du Plessis has had some luck on his side so far in the match, having survived a couple of dismissal scares in the match so far. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 3rd ODI at Rajkot

He was caught by Virat Kohli off the bowling of Mohit Sharma in the 26th over, before replays showed it to be a no-ball. Du Plessis was later foxed by an Akshar Patel delivery, with Suresh Raina misjudging and failing to complete a catch at cover. Live Cricket Score India vs South Africa 2015, 3rd ODI at Rajkot

Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat on a flat deck at Rajkot. In the team news, while South Africa elected to have the same playing eleven which they had in the last two ODIs, the Indians decided to deck up their spin attack further more. The right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav was dropped in favour of the leg spinner Amit Mishra, whose exclusion from the team created lot of furore over team selection.