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Dismissal of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis gives England a boost before lunch on day five of second Test England's hopes of overcoming South Africa boosted by Faf du Plessis' dismissal  England needed eight wickets to level series with Keshav Maharaj then removed  Du Plessis was dismissed for 19 runs but debutant Pieter Malan impressed

By Rory Dollard, Pa Cricket Correspondent

Published: 11:30 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 12:19 GMT, 7 January 2020

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England's hopes of forcing a fifth day victory in the second Test in Cape Town were boosted by a drastic lapse in judgement from South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

Needing eight wickets to level the series on a stubborn Newlands pitch, England looked like they would have to settle for James Anderson's early removal of nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj.

Debutant Pieter Malan, who reached lunch on a rock solid 83 not out, was proving a tough nut to crack and Du Plessis was seemingly relishing his role in the rearguard until conjuring an unforced error that left the Proteas 170 for four.

England were given a major boost when South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was dismissed

England were given a major boost when South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was dismissed

England bowler Don Bess celebrates after du Plessis was dismissed for 19 runs

England bowler Don Bess celebrates after du Plessis was dismissed for 19 runs

After nudging his way to 19 from 56 balls the skipper suddenly shed his prior inhibitions as he knelt

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