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Opposing captains Faf du Plessis and Sarfraz Ahmed share an unwanted world record after South Africa's victory in Centurion

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Faf and Sarfraz failed to open their accounts with the bat in both innings.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: December 28, 2018 20:59 IST
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Du Plessis and Sarfraz wouldn't want the record to be mentioned in front of them.

While South Africa secured a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series against Pakistan in Centurion today, the Test will also be known for an unwanted record shared by the two warring captains of the respective teams.

Protea captain Faf du Plessis and his counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed, both bagged ducks in successive innings of the match making it the first such instance in the history of Test cricket where both captains failed to open their accounts with the bat in a total of four innings.

Earlier, South Africa won the series-opening Test against Pakistan as Hashim Amla returned to form with an unbeaten half-century to anchor a shaky chase and see the home team prevail by six wickets.

Amla's 63 not out guided the Proteas to victory as they finished on 151-4 before tea on Day 3 at SuperSport Park, passing the target of 149 but not without a series of scares at both the beginning and end of their second innings. South Africa lost opener Aiden Markram in the first over and Amla was dropped in the slips when he was on 8.

An over after the Amla chance was missed by Pakistan, Dean Elgar survived a contentious umpiring decision that ruled out a catch that appeared to be good. Elgar was on 4 at the time. He went on to make 50 and share a 119-run partnership for the second wicket with Amla.

Elgar went a ball after reaching his 50, caught behind off medium-pacer Shan Masood.

In a shaky finish, Theunis de Bruyn (10) was stumped off Yasir Shah and captain Faf du Plessis was caught in the deep trying to hook an over after de Bruyn departed. South Africa needed just 12 runs to win at that point and it meant a pair of ducks for the South Africa skipper in the test.

Temba Bavuma was 13 not out to take South Africa over the line with Amla. 

(With AP inputs)

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