Kallis puts South Africa back on top
Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 1:11 [IST]
Port Elizabeth: Jacques Kallis made a patient unbeaten half-century as South Africa regained control on the third day of the second Test against India at St Georges Park on Sunday.South Africa recovered from a poor start to its second innings to reach 147 for five at tea, and an overall lead of 308 with Kallis 58 not out. South Africa, seeking a victory to clinch the three-match series, earlier took a first innings lead of 161 when it bowled out India for 201. But, with conditions still favouring seam bowlers, Srinath bowled superbly in an opening spell of eight overs in which he took two wickets for four runs as South Africa crashed to 26 for three. Bowling an immaculate line and length and making the ball move off the seam, Srinath had Gary Kirsten caught at second slip for five and Neil McKenzie caught behind for two. New ball partner Ajit Agarkar struck a vital blow from the other end when he produced an off-cutter which seamed past the inside edge of Herschelle Gibbs bat and bowled the in-form South African opening batsman, who made 196 in the first innings, for just 12. Kallis and Boeta Dippenaar stabilised the innings in a fourth wicket stand of 65 in 97 minutes. Dippenaar made 28 before he was given out caught by Virender Sehwag off pad and glove at silly point off off spinner Harbhajan Singh. Lance Klusener made an attacking 29 off 32 balls. He hit two sixes in the space of four balls off Harbhajan and also hit three fours before also falling to the Sehwag- Harbhajan combination. Kallis, meanwhile, moved on to a 115-ball half-century which included five fours and a hooked six off Agarkar and escaped two balls after reaching his 50 when he was dropped by Venkatsai Laxman at second slip off Agarkar. Surprisingly, Srinath was not called back into the Indian attack until 10 overs had been bowled in the afternoon and then he sent down only four overs in which he conceded seven runs. India earlier added 19 runs for the loss of its last two wickets on an overcast, blustery morning following overnight rain. Laxman took his overnight score of 77 to 89 before he fell in South African captain Shaun Pollock's first over of the day. He was trapped on his crease and struck low on the pad by a ball, which cut back at him. He had batted for just over three hours, faced 121 balls and hit 12 fours. Laxman and Kumble had added 80 for the ninth wicket, a record in Tests between South Africa and India. Kumble was out in the next over when he slashed Mornantau Hayward to Kirsten at gully after making a valuable 28 off 86 balls with four fours.