Proteas at tea with Test honours even

2011-11-17 15:00

Honours were even at The Wanderers when South Africa went to tea at 213/4 during the second Sunfoil Test this afternoon.

South Africa added 106 runs for the loss of two wickets.

The Proteas resumed on 107/2 and were quick to get off the mark.

Jacques Kallis, who started the game needing 51 runs to get to 12 000 runs – a milestone which has been achieved by only three players, duly did so by pulling Peter Siddle over square leg for six.

Kallis then reached his 55th test 50 and the ­12 000-run mark when he edged the same bowler past the slip cordon.

Siddle got his revenge when he coaxed Kallis to pop an easy catch to Usman Khawaja at mid-wicket, ending his 41-ball stay.

Hashim Amla, who took 20 balls to score five runs, was put out of misery when he wafted a full delivery from Pat Cummins, who bowled impressively during his spell into Ricky Ponting’s safe hands at second slip, his 19 taking at painstaking 70 balls.

At 129/4, the innings was listing in dangerous waters but Ashwell Prince and AB de Villiers put together an 84-run partnership which was interspersed with flicks through mid-wicket, cover and extra cover drives.

The batsmen took turns in hitting consecutive boundaries, Prince clipping Johnson twice through mid-wicket and adding a third through cover later in the over while De Villiers took three in three off Peter Siddle.

De Villiers later reached his 24th test 50 off 64 balls (10x4) while Prince proceeded serenely to 34 off 64 balls (6x4).

Cummins, who became the youngest bowler to take a test wicket for Australia, maintained beautiful lines and lengths, returning figures of 1/38 off 15 overs while Siddle was expensive with his 10 overs fetching 47 runs.

Mitchell Johnson, whose place in the team is under intense scrutiny, did himself no favours with figures of 1/67 off 16.1 overs.

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