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India vs South Africa 1st Test, Day2: India Wilt As Kallis, Amla Score Hundreds In Centurion Test

By on December 18, 2010

South Africa 366 for 2 (Amla 116*, Kallis 102*, Petersen 77, Smith 62) lead India 136 (Morkel 5-20) by 230 runs…

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis hit unbeaten centuries as South Africa advanced remorselessly into a dominant position on the second day of the first Test against India at SuperSport Park here on Friday.

At the end of two days during which India have looked anything but the number one side in Test cricket, second-ranked South Africa had scored 366 for two in their first innings, a lead of 230 after bowling out India for 136 in the first over of the day. Amla was on 116 while Kallis scored 102 not out.

For both centurions it was the continuation of a year of high scoring during which they have both scored more than 1000 runs in Tests. It was Amla’s fifth century of the year – four of them against India – and the sixth by Kallis.

It took Kallis’ career total to 38 Test centuries, a total exceeded only by India’s Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting of Australia (39). He reached the mark off 130 balls, the fastest Test hundred of his career in terms of balls faced.

In contrast to the first day, when South Africa’s fast bowlers ripped through the Indian batting on a green, damp pitch, the batsmen were in charge on a hot, sunny day.

South African captain Graeme Smith (62) and Alviro Petersen (77) laid the foundation for South Africa with an opening partnership of 111. It was tricky going early on as Indian new ball pair Sree Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma gained some assistance from the pitch. But the Indians wilted as the batsmen played themselves in and the sun blazed down.

India were reduced to ultra-defensive tactics after Amla and Kallis made a stroke-filled start to a partnership which was eventually worth an unbeaten 200.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, India’s only successful bowler with two for 107, had up to five fielders on the boundary. When Sharma took the second new ball, with South Africa already 200 ahead, he had three men on the fence.

While it may have stemmed the flow of boundaries, Amla and Kallis were able to keep the score ticking along by playing into the many gaps in the field for ones and twos.

It took South African fast bowler Morne Morkel just three balls to wrap up India’s first innings at the start of the day. Morkel trapped Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leg before wicket for 33 as India failed to add to their overnight total of 136 for nine. Morkel had Test-best figures of five for 20.

Although Sreesanth conceded six runs in the first over of the South African innings, including a wide, only three runs were scored in the next five overs as Sreesanth and Sharma bowled steadily, while the batsman were content to draw the sting from the attack on a pitch still helping the bowlers.

The first fifty partnership of the match took 81 minutes and 96 balls of careful batting but the second fifty came at a run a ball as the batsmen started to take charge.

South African captain Smith looked in fine form as he reached his personal half-century off 72 balls when he cut off-spinner Harbhajan for his ninth boundary.

Harbhajan conceded 32 runs off his first four overs, including a swept six by Petersen off the first ball he faced from the spin bowler. But the veteran spin bowler made the breakthrough when Smith tried one cut too many and edged the ball to Dhoni.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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