Amla's double ton boosts South Africa

Published: Sunday, February 7, 2010, 13:22 [IST]
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Amla's double ton boosts South Africa

Nagpur: India 25/0 at day 2 stumps, after South Africa had declared at 558/6, with Amla unbeaten on 253. Amla became the 6th South African to go past 250

Proteas continued to make India's attack toil as they set themselves up for a massive first-innings total on the second day of the first Test against India in Nagpur.

Hashim Amla brought up his first career double ton, as AB de Villiers scored fifty in a century plus partnership. South Africa were 452/3.

Jacques Kallis was dismissed for 173, but that remained India's only success before lunch as Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers consolidated South African innings in the first Test here Sunday.

India vs South Africa, 1st Test - Scorecard

Amla was twice reprieved on 149 - Murali dropping a sitter at short leg and keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni grassing a tougher chance, with Harbhajan the unfortunate bowler on both occasions.

Resuming at their overnight score of 291 for two, the visitors added only a single run to their total in the first three overs.

India suffered two blows before the start of play as first it was confirmed that VVS Laxman had failed to recover from his finger injury, and then Rohit Sharma turned his ankle in a warm-up game of "rocketball".


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