Faf du Plessis likens David Miller to MS Dhoni after he attempts a quick stumping

Miller stood behind the stumps without the keeping pads.

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The second ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka witnessed some unusual but very entertaining scenes. David Miller was seen in a new avatar as the ace fielder decided to stand behind the stumps wearing the wicket-keeping gloves towards the end of the match after regular wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock went off the field. The incident occurred towards the end of the 31st over of the Sri Lankan innings.

South Africa had already all but won the game after reducing the Islanders to 135 for 9. This is when De Kock, who had scored 94 runs in the match, decided to walk off the field. Sensing an opportunity to try something new, Miller decided to don the wicket-keeping gloves and that too without the pads. While Miller is one of the best fielders in the world at the moment, he was never seen keeping the wickets in a competitive game before.

Anyway, it took him only four deliveries to make his presence felt behind the stumps. On the fourth delivery of the 32nd over bowled by leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Miller channelled his inner MS Dhoni to take the bails off when Vishwa Fernando failed to make any contact with the delivery. Replays later showed that Fernando had his foot planted in the crease all the time.

But while Miller failed to affect the stumping, he received a praise of highest order from his skipper Faf du Plessis. Upon seeing Miller’s glove-work, Du Plessis, who was standing at the first slip, decided to have some fun and called Miller ‘MS Dhoni’ who is known for his lightning quick stumpings..

Here’s the video:

South Africa thrash Sri Lanka

Talking about the game, the Proteas beat the visitors by 113 runs to go two nil up in the series. Batting first, the hosts were all out for 251 despite being 113 for 1 at one stage. De Kock top-scored for the home side with 94 while du Plessis also scored a fifty. For Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 3 for 26.

In reply, Sri Lanka never looked in contention to chase down the total. The visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for just 138.

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