A file photo of Faf Du Plessis. Photograph:( Twitter )
Faf Du Plessis slammed a magnificent century scored 120 runs off 178 balls. It was his first major contribution of the series as South Africa moved further ahead of Australia on the fourth day of the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.
South Africa were 202 for three at lunch, an overall lead of 469. South African captain Du Plessis made 81 not out and opening batsman Dean Elgar was on 59 not out.
Only 20 overs were bowled on a heavily overcast morning. Bad light delayed the start, there was a 16-minute stoppage for more bad light and a further delay when Du Plessis was injured.
South Africa, who lead the series 2-1 and need only to draw to clinch their first home series win against Australia since 1969/70, added 68 runs without losing a wicket.
Elgar crawled to a half-century off 199 balls, ironically reaching the mark with a six off Mitchell Marsh.
FOUR! Big cheers as @faf1307 brings up career Test century number 8 from 163 balls (17x4s, 1x6), take a bow, you beauty! SA 240/3 after 85 overs, lead by 507. #ProteaFire #SAvAUS #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/UVttFfPwI3— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) April 2, 2018