Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 September 2014

South Africa: Cricket - SA Into Tri-Series Final As Faf Du Plessis Continues to Blossom

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South Africa beat Zimbabwe on Thursday to ensure they got their spot in the final of the ongoing tri-series in Zimbabwe. Faf du Plessis hit yet another hundred and continues to impress in a format where his place wasn't even assured just a few months ago.

South Africa have sealed their spot in the final of the tri-series between them, Australia and Zimbabwe. A 63-run win over Zimbabwe on Thursday saw them through to face the Aussies in Harare on the weekend. Their victory came largely thanks to one man who has been leading the way with the bat. Faf du Plessis scored yet another hundred as South Africa posted 271-6 in 50 overs, a bridge too far for the tournament hosts.

Out of all the things that South Africa have done right (and wrong) on this tour, Du Plessis' exploits have been some of the most encouraging, and that's something many will feel has been a long time coming.

Faf du Plessis is a bit of a late bloomer. It took him a few years longer than his best friend AB de Villiers to make it into the South African team, and he almost chose the...

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