A pair of pairs - Ducks all round as Du Plessis and Sarfraz make unwanted history

South Africa got the better of Pakistan in Centurion but the struggles of both captains meant there was a slice of Test history on Friday.

South Africa and Pakistan captains Faf du Plessis and Sarfraz Ahmed   -  Getty Images

Faf du Plessis and Sarfraz Ahmed secured an unwanted piece of history on Friday as both men bagged a pair in the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan.

For the first time in the longest format, the captains of both sides recorded a duck in each innings as the Proteas earned a 1-0 lead in the three-match series thanks to a six-wicket victory inside three days in Centurion.

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Having won the toss on Wednesday, Sarfraz's Pakistan had first use of the SuperSport Park pitch but they were bundled out for just 181 - the touring skipper bowled by Duanne Olivier from just his fourth delivery.

Du Plessis suffered the ignominy of a golden duck when he edged Shaheen Afridi to gully in South Africa's response, and Sarfraz's pair was confirmed when he nicked to his opposite number in chasing a wide delivery from Kagiso Rabada in the second innings.

To complete the slice of history, Du Plessis hooked Shaheen to deep fine-leg when the hosts needed just 12 to win.

With Virat Kohli also making a duck for India against Australia at the MCG, Friday was not a day to be a Test captain...