Kallis reaches Test milestone as SA advance

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2007, 16:59 [IST]
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Centurion: Jacques Kallis became the first batsman to score 1,000 Test runs in 2007 as South Africa moved into a strong position on the second day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at Centurion Park Saturday.

South Africa were 103 for two at lunch in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 188.

Kallis, playing in his eighth Test of the year, reached the 1,000-run milestone when he was on six. At lunch he was on 36 not out.

Kallis and Hashim Amla (36 not out) followed their triple century stand in South Africa's 358-run win in the first Test in Johannesburg with an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 72 after opening bowler Chris Martin dismissed opening batsmen Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs.

South Africa needed only four balls at the start of the day to wrap up New Zealand's first innings, with Makhaya Ntini having Martin caught at second slip by Kallis after captain Daniel Vettori had added a single run to New Zealand's 187 for eight overnight.

Opening batman Craig Cumming, who retired hurt on 48 after being struck by a Dale Steyn bouncer Friday, did not bat and was ruled out of the rest of the match after surgery Friday night to repair a fractured right cheekbone and jaw.

Martin's first ball of the innings lifted sharply and looped off the shoulder of Smith's bat over gully for two runs but the South African captain was out to the last ball of the over when he played an indecisive defensive shot and was bowled off an inside edge.

Gibbs started his innings with a runner after injuring a knee while fielding Friday. He batted aggressively to make 25 off 27 balls before he was bowled by a ball from Martin which cut back sharply, with Gibbs stuck on his crease and not using his feet.

Brief Score (D-2, at lunch):

New Zealand Ist innings 188 all out Vs South Africa Ist innings 103 for 2 (Kallis 36, Amla 36 n o, Gibbs 25; Martin 2 for 27).


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