Kallis’ brave stand drags Proteas back from the brink

2013-12-28 15:21

India: 334 all out (Vijay 97, Pujara 70, Rahane 51*, Steyn 6/100, Morkel 3/50)

South Africa: 267/4 (De Villiers 74, Kallis 61* Petersen 62, Jadeja 3/77, Shami 1/62)

South Africa trail by 67 runs

Jacques Kallis held the fort as the visitors reined in the Proteas on a track that showed signs of deterioration.

Only 86 runs were scored in the afternoon session as Ravindra Jadeja started to make his impression on the game.

The pitch was always on the slow side but unlike South Africa, India have a world-class spinner.

It was a marked change from the morning session where runs came easily off the fast bowlers despite them not straying from their lines.

AB de Villiers was always going to be the key batsman in terms of the Proteas gaining momentum.

He got to his 34th test 50 but was a recipient of a superb delivery from Jadeja.

The ball pitched on middle stump and forced De Villiers to come forward.

It took the outside edge and the catch was well collected by Virat Kohli at first slip.

It was due reward for a probing spell in which he plugged runs and asked questions of the Proteas batsmen.

But the partnership of 127 was important. It dragged the Proteas back from the brink at 113/3.

It might have looked like a secure score but nothing can be put past the Proteas, especially with their penchant for day three collapses.

In the meantime, Kallis went to his 59th test half-century off a sedate 131 ball.

It was a Kallis special where he scored in peaks and troughs.

He took 16 balls to get off the mark, but found his groove as the innings went on.

He was stranded on 41 for quite a while as De Villiers stole the march on him in terms of run-scoring but what is important for the Proteas is that Kallis is still there.

A big one from him can make all the difference.

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