Cape Town: Jacques Kallis struck a chance less century to keep Proteas hopes alive in the first day of the Third Test against England at New Zealand on Sunday.
Kallis made 108 not out as South Africa recovered from 127 for five to reach 279 for six at the close. He shared 50 stands with AB de Villiers (36), Mark Boucher (51) and Dale Steyn (26no) to stall England's ambition as two top-six batsmen made ducks on day one of the third Test at Newlands.
South Africa slumped to 51 for three before Kallis and AB de Villiers put on 76 for the fourth wicket. But then off-spinner Graeme Swann took two wickets in two balls to plunge them to 127 for five.
But wicketkeeper Mark Boucher hit an aggressive 51 and helped Kallis add 89 for the sixth wicket, before Dale Steyn partnered South Africa's senior batsman in an unbeaten seventh wicket stand of 63.
It was Kallis' 33rd Test century, his sixth at Newlands and his third in successive Tests against England at the ground.
Kallis reached his century shortly before the second new ball was due when he hit a full toss from part-time spinner Kevin Pietersen to the wide mid-off boundary for his 11th boundary. He had faced 173 balls.