Kallis, Smith battle Proteas back into contention

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2008, 16:46 [IST]
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Dhaka: South Africa bounced back into contention with some sensible batting on the third day of the opening Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here on Sunday.

Set a target of 205 to win the match, the South Africans clawed their way to 99/1 by tea after bowling out Bangladesh for 182 in their second innings on the back of a five-wicket haul by Jacques Kallis.

South African skipper Graeme Smith was batting on 50 along with Hashim Amla on 21 at the break on a wicket which was surprisingly holding up well.

They now need 106 more runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series with nine wickets in hand and four sessions of play to go.

Smith hit five fours and reached his 20th Test fifty off 80 balls while Amla had faced 38 balls so far and hit three fours -- the duo putting on 46 runs for the unbroken second wicket stand.

South Africa set off their chase cautiously with openers Neil McKenzie and Smith negotiating the home team bowlers with considerable restraint.

However their 52-run partnership came to an end when Bangladesh's first innings bowling hero Shahadat Hossain had McKenzie caught by Habibul Bashar at square leg.

Earlier, the South Africans owed their happy progress to Kallis (5-30), who picked five of the six wickets to fall this morning to restrict Bangladesh's second innings lead to 204.

Speedster Dale Steyn finished with 4-48 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 182 in their second knock by lunch.

Bangladesh, who lost all their previous four encounters against South Africa by innings margins, have won just one of their 51 Tests -- against minnows Zimbabwe.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 192 and 182 (Junaid Siddique 74, Ashraful 24, Aftab 24; Kallis 5 for 30, Steyn 4 for 48) Vs South Africa 170 and 99 for 1 (Smith 50, McKenzie 26, Amla 21 n o; Shahdat Hossain 1 for 29).


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