He rode his luck before being forced into a surprising dismount when he nicked a peach of a delivery from Shaheen Afridi.
Pakistan were bowled out for 177 in the opening two sessions of the first day of the second Test at Newlands, showing no improvement from the first Test in Centurion when they scored 181 and 190 and lost by six wickets. "The standard of the wicket we had at Centurion and the wicket here I think hasn't been good enough for Test cricket‚" said Arthur‚ who coached South Africa between 2006 and 2010. Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander took the home side to 382/6 at stumps. That's when du Plessis and Bavuma took over and ensured that Pakistan does not get any opportunity of making a comeback in the match.
Pakistan batsmen are facing a mental battle in South Africa after being dismissed for less than 200 for the third time in a row, their head coach Mickey Arthur said on Thursday.
"I am disappointed. I haven't been back to South Africa in a cricketing capacity since 2010".
"I still believe in a good contest in Test cricket but, again, we aren't at home so we don't have a say".
'I understand if it is happening on days four and five because that's what happens in Test cricket; wickets deteriorate significantly and so they should, but it shouldn't make your first innings a lottery, and I think that batting here in the first innings is extremely tough.
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He added: "You've got to make peace with the fact that you're going to take a few (balls) on the body".
Babar was holding up an end, keeping Mohammad Abbas off strike, but he eventually perished 14 minutes before 18:00 when he edged Rabada to Hashim Amla in the slips. On-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Joel Wilson conferred and asked television umpire S Ravi to check whether the ball hit the ground before a clean catch was completed.
He came into this match having hit 400 fours at Test level and he added 13 more in his 226-ball stay at the crease.
Abbas bowled a probing line and length but had a largely luckless day, as did Mohammad Amir, who went past the edge of du Plessis' bat on several occasions.
Du Plessis also fell caught behind to Afridi, who finished with 3-112, but Pakistan's bowlers didn't have the same success as South Africa's, who tore through the tourists on the first day.
De Kock hit fours off his first two deliveries and never looked back as he raced to his half century off 59 balls.