Centurion: Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock hit contrasting centuries as South Africa dominated India on the third day of the unofficial Test at Centurion Park on Sunday. When a thunderstorm ended play 13.5 overs early, South Africa had hammered 566 for eight in reply to India's first innings total of 232. Kallis played a solid, risk-free innings of 110 as he continued a phenomenal run of batting form, while Pollock thrashed seven sixes and nine fours in a spectacular unbeaten 113. Kallis, with an average in official Tests of 295 this season, batted for almost five hours and faced 234 balls, hitting 18 fours in another classy performance. Pollock, batting at number eight, faced only 109 balls as he pounded a tiring and ineffective Indian bowling attack. South Africa's dominance was underlined when Pollock and tail-ender Makhaya Ntini put on an unbeaten 121 for the ninth wicket at almost six runs an over. Ironically for Kallis, he has not made an official Test century against India, even though he averaged 101 against the tourists in the two official Tests, hitting 202 runs for twice out with a highest score of 89 not out. Earlier in the season, Kallis made 388 runs without being dismissed in three innings against Zimbabwe. South Africa led what was scheduled as a three-Test series 1-0 before the third Test was declared unofficial by the International Cricket Council after both sides rejected ICC match referee Mike Denness. Pollock said after Fridays first day of play that the South African players did not regard the match as Test and did not want the United Cricket Board to press for the match to be reinstated as a Test. If it had been an official Test, it would have been Kallis' 10th Test century and Pollocks' third. The South African captain hit a 95-ball century against Sri Lanka in an official contest at the same ground in January. His century this time took 105 balls with the Indian opting for ultra-defensive fields as he neared the mark, with as many as nine fielders in deep positions. It was a bad day for India from the start of play when it surprisingly did not claim the second new ball, which was due. Acting skipper Rahul Dravid called for it only after Kallis and Lance Klusener had added 36 runs. The pair took their partnership to 60 before Klusener was caught at second slip off Javagal Srinath in the fifth over with the new ball. Kallis, whose Test scores this season have included two centuries and two half- centuries, moved confidently to another century, his 22nd in first-class cricket, off 223 balls with 16 fours. He pounded two more boundaries before he was bowled by leg-spinner Anil Kumble when he drove over a yorker-length ball.
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