Kallis century puts Proteas in total control

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Karachi: Jacques Kallis notched up his second hundred of the first Test against Pakistan on Thursday to put South Africa in command at tea on the fourth day at the National stadium.

South Africa declared their second innings on 264 for 7 to leave Pak with a Himalayan ask of 424-run for victory in five sessions.

Kallis became only the fourth South African batsman to score two centuries in a Test. Kallis, who scored 155 runs in the first essay to power his side to 450, followed it up with yet another classy 100*. The other South Africans to score two centuries in a Test match were: Alan Melville 189, 104 vs England at Nottingham in June 1947. Bruce Mitchell 120, 189 vs England at the Oval in Aug, 1947 and Gary Kirsten 102, 133 vs India in Kolkata in Nov, 1996.

His 201-ball knock included just four boundaries and one six. He played patiently on a pitch that allowed Pakistani spinners Danish Kaneria and left armer Abdul Rehman plenty of bite.

Resuming on 18, Kallis first shared a valuable stand of 88 with Ashwell Prince (45) in the first session and then milked 56 runs with Mark Boucher (29).

Boucher fell after lunch, caught at long-on by Misbah off the bowling of Kaneria, but Kallis found a willing partner in Andre Nel (33) with whom he put on 63 for the seventh wicket to stretch the lead to well over 400-run mark.

Nel was also caught by Misbah off debutant Rehman, who finished with eight for 210 runs in the match. Kaneria, who bowled to a better line and length for his three for 85 in the second essay, returned with the match haul of five for 209 runs.

Brief Scores (at tea, D-4):

South Africa 450 and 264 for 7 decl (Kallis 100*, Prince 45, Boucher 29, Nel 33; Rehman 4 for 105, Kaneria 3 for 85) Vs Pakistan Ist innings 291 all out ( Malik 73, Akmal 42, Hafeez 34; Harris 5 for 73, Steyn 2 for 50, Nel 2 for 59) Pak need 424 more runs for victory.


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