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Kallis, De Villiers score ton

Published: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 17:15 [IST]
 
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Proteas declare 543/6

Basseterre, St Kitts: AB de Villiers and Jaques Kallis both hit a blistering century to take South Africa in a commanding position in the second day of the second test match between South Africa and West Indies at Basseterre.

Resuming day 2 at an overnight score of 296-3, Kallis reached his milestone shortly after lunch before falling to Shane Shillingford and De Villiers marched along to make unbeaten 135 as South Africa declared on 543 for 6 in the evening.

West Indies coming out to bat lost Travis Dowlin early as he was out after scoring 13 runs, but Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine guided the hosts to 86 for one at stumps.

After a dominant show by captain Smith yesterday, Kallis continued to consolidate and reached is half century within the first 8 overs, earlier in the first session of play. However, the batting was disturbed for a while by St Kitts shower.

After the play resumed the West Indian bowlers Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul did keep it disciplined for the home team with the new ball. But as the ball was getting older, the duo of Kallis and De Villiers were hitting boundaries regularily and helped up the run-rate. Kallis was one short of his century as play was stopped for lunch.

Post lunch the allrounder had to wait for his century before finally hitting Sulieman Benn for successive fours to claim his century.

But soon Kallis lost his wicket and the partnership of 138 was broken finally and the Proteas were comfortably placed at 421 for four after his fall.
Ashwell Prince announced himself with a straight six off Shillingford but pulled Benn straight to Chris Gayle soon after.

De Villiers at the other end was timing the ball well, using his feet against the spinners and soon reached his 10th century.

In the end Dale Steyn joined De Villiers and continued their assault taking the Proteas to their declaration total.

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