Smith leads the way for Proteas with a ton

Published: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 16:13 [IST]
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Proteas make 296-3 at stumps

Basseterre, St Kitts: South African skipper Graeme Smith led the way for his side scoring his 21st century to help take South African total to 296 for three at stumps in the opening day of the second test against the West Indies in St Kittis, Basseterre.

Smith opening the innings for South Africa after winning the toss and electing to bat,knotched up 132 runs off 238 balls. Alviro Petersen (52), Hashim Amla (44) and Jacques Kallis (45 not out) all chipped in with handy scores to help South Africa reach a challenging score.

It was a tough day for the West Indians in the field as the pitch seemed to be totally in favor of the batting team. Shane Shillingford was the pick of the bowlers as he took two for 91 from his 31 overs.

Smith opening the batting with Alviro Petersen started off well scoring at a brisk pace put up a 99 run first-wicket stand. Alviro was the first man to be dismissed when he top-edged a sweep off Shillingford and Roach made up a lot of ground to take the catch.

Smith and Amla dealth with the bowling very well and started to build another good partnership for South Africa. Smith was lucky though, he was dropped by Shivnarine Chanderpaul when he mishit a sweep off Shillingford. He was then batting on 79. But Smith made full use of his opportunity and blasted two hug sixes off Narsingh Deonarine over and soon reched the triple figure in 173 balls.

Amla looked uncomfortable when facing Shillingford and the bowler eventually got his man as he found the edge and Dwayne Bravo took a regulation catch to end a 112-run second-wicket partnership.

Kallis the next man in looked relaxed and stayed till the very end of play with 45 not out.

The Proteas made steady progress during the final session until their third wicket fell with the score on 283. Smith was finally dismissed for 132 off the bowling of Roach while trying to pull him out of the park. He just managed to inside edge and dismantle his wicket.

AB de Villiers joined Kallis at the other end before bad light stopped play just ahead of normal schedule.


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