South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis led by example in the 3rd Test against Australia on Thursday, when he scored an unbeaten 118-run knock amid a batting collapse.
Du Plessis’ impressive knock led the crowd at Adelaide off their feet and received a standing ovation when he declared the innings at 259/9.
Australia came to bat just ahead of stumps on Day 1 and managed to score 14 runs for no loss of wicket so far.
Opening pair of Usman Khwaja (3*) and Matt Renshaw (8*) will continue the chase on Friday (Day 2), trailing 245 runs.
South Africa has already pocketed the 3-match Test series (2-0), though it seeks to claim a clean-sweep victory. However, Australia too will try their best to register a consolation win.
Australian spearhead Josh Hazlewood ruled the day as he troubled the Proteas the most, dismissing four of their batsmen for 68 runs. Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird supported him in the pace assault, claiming two wickets each, while spinner Nathan Lyon took the scalp of lower-order batsman Kagiso Rabada.
Du Plessis’ knock of 118* came from 164 balls and was decorated with 17 fours that he smashed amid a batting collapse. Apart from opener Stephen Cook (40), no other batsmen impressed at Adelaide.
South Africa’s six batsmen were dismissed cheaply for single digit scores as the whole line-up appeared folding like a house of cards.