Proteas in charge at lunch

2011-11-17 12:31

Aggressive batting by Jacques Kallis helped South Africa dominate the first session of the second Sunfoil Test as they went to lunch at 107/2 at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith won the toss and chose to bat on a good batting deck.

South Africa fielded an unchanged team while Australia had two changes, with New South Wales’ Usman Khawaja and Patrick Cummins replacing Shaun Marsh and Ryan Harris, who are injured.

Smith and his opening partner Jacques Rudolph got off to a solid start, with Smith punching two fours on the offside of left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson.
However, Johnson had his revenge when he had Smith caught at second slip by Australian captain Michael Clarke for 11 off a delivery that pitched on off stump and moved away.

The Australians kept to disciplined bowling and were able to reduce the run rate, but Rudolph hit two consecutive fours, one through point and the next through extra cover off Johnson.

A change of bowling brought a change of fortunes as all-rounder Shane Watson had Rudolph caught behind by Brad Haddin for 30 off 50 balls, which included four 4s.

His dismissal brought Kallis to the crease, who opened his account with a sumptuous cover drive off Watson, who later on left the field with a suspected hamstring injury.

Hashim Amla, who was rather subdued, unfurled some well timed cover drives and also hoisted offspinner Nathan Lyon for a one-bounce four over midwicket.

Kallis, not known for quick scoring, motored to 44 off only 33 balls, which included seven fours and a six off Lyon, whose first over came in for punishment.

Amla played the sheet anchor role with a sedate 14 off 50 balls. The duo batted without much fuss and shared an unbeaten 64-run partnership.

Debutant Cummins bowled with pace and hostility as his 8 overs went for 17 while Johnson’s eight overs cost him an expensive 40 runs plus the wicket of Smith.

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