Johannesburg: South African batsman Faf du Plessis defended his side`s poor run rate as they resumed batting on Day three in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, saying that they played it perfectly.
South Africa managed to put up 397 at the end of the day at a run rate of 2.50 per over while Zimbabwe put in 28 runs for the loss of before the third day ended Hamilton Masakadza `s wicket for his individual score of 19. The hosts trail South Africa by 113 runs with nine wickets remaining.
Du Plessis said on Monday that the match situation is perfectly poised in South Africa`s favour, with two days remaining on a deteriorating wicket. He said that they lead they have is good and if they bowl well on Tuesday they can come back on day five and knock off a few runs, Sport24 reported.
The South African batsman said that the batting doesn`t always have to look pretty, adding that this game is one of those specific situations where one does the work and hard yards. He said that people might not see it as flashy and South Africa may not look like the No.1 ranked team but he said that they know that is what they need to do.
Du Plessis, who batted for nearly six hours, said that it was important for South Africa to make sure they got close to 400, and the only way that they could do that was by spending time out in the middle.