On this occasion, there were no du Plessis sixes to excite the ground as instead he faced some 376 balls, managing to bat through the entirety of the final day's play to deny Australia the victory that many expected. Du Plessis, in the side due to an injury to JP Duminy, scored 110 not out and was given excellent support from AB de Villiers, whose 33 took up 220 balls and Jacques Kallis, who made 46.
Their stoic resistance means the series remains level at 0-0 following a slightly less dramatic draw in the opening game in Brisbane. Michael Clarke and his side were left disappointed despite the captain hitting 230 - a world record fourth double-century in a calendar year.
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