So much for number one, then

2010-12-18 00:00

THE Proteas made a mini-mockery of the ICC ranking yesterday as they carved out a 230-run lead over India to take firm control of the first Test.

Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla spanked contrasting yet crucial centuries after the opening pair of Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen had started the ball rolling with a stand of 111.

Before all of that, Morné Morkel completed a five-wicket haul within the first three balls of the day, as he trapped the dangerous Mahendra Singh leg before to end India’s batting effort before the crowd had even woken up.

In this form, Morkel is one of those disgustingly awkward bowlers to face, mixing pace with bounce and seam movement. He was too much for the Indians in their first dig, and he was rewarded for his patience with outstanding, career-best figures of five for 20.

With 136 all out it was never going to be enough, but one expected the Indians to make a better fist of it.

They started well enough, with Ishant Sharma and Shantakumaran Sreesanth probing away with the new ball. To their credit, Smith and Petersen simply bided their time, in contrast to the flash and falter employed by the Indians the day before.

Smith was largely untroubled in reaching 62, but then he was caught at crease on the stroke of lunch off Harbhajan Singh.

Petersen brought up his own 50 after lunch, but also fell to Harbhajan, caught at short-leg by Gautum Gambhir.

If India were hoping for a revival of sorts, they were sadly mistaken.

South Africa’s premier batsman, Jacques Kallis, strode to the crease with the purpose of a gent on his manor, and he displayed the same swagger for the rest of the day.

This scribe has been one of those who occasionally criticise Kallis for being too pedestrian, but he drove that theory into submission yesterday.

His was a towering knock, dripping with class and certainty.

At the other end, the run-machine that calls Durban home just kept ticking away.

India must be getting sick of the sight of Amla’s blade, so proficient is the Proteas number three against them.

The classy pair, who are matched by few when it comes to an appetite for runs, proceeded to bat the Indians out of the game.

Kallis greedily gobbled up the pie-cart served up by part-timer Suresh Raina, smashing two sixes into the sunny Centurion grass area.

South Africa were already 100 to the good by tea, and the signs were not good for Dhoni’s men.

Harbhajan was adamant they would not miss Zaheer Khan, but the evidence of yesterday’s buffet bowling suggests otherwise.

There was still something in the pitch for the bowlers, as Sharma showed on occasion with some sharp risers.

However, the Indians didn’t do enough with it, instead letting South Africa get away from them after just two days.

Even the second new ball failed to rouse them, and both Kallis and Amla chalked up well-deserved centuries.

For the peerless Kallis, it was Test ton number 38. It is a startling record and he is not yet done.

Amla’s 12th Test hundred seemed becalmed, but that was because Kallis was going ballistic at the other end.

The pair racked up a stand of exactly 200 by the end of the day’s play.

The scary part for India is that AB de Villiers hasn’t even been needed yet.

The game has moved along rapidly, despite the delayed start, and India will have to dig mighty deep to show their top billing in the Test arena.

They have barely showed up on the first two days.


India first innings (overnight 136-9)

G. Gambhir c Harris b Morkel5

V. Sehwag c Amla b Steyn0

R. Dravid lbw b Morkel14

S. Tendulkar lbw b Steyn36

V. Laxman b Steyn7

S. Raina c Prince b Kallis1

M. Dhoni lbw b Morkel33

Harbhajan Singh run out27

Ishant Sharma c Kallis b Morkel0

S. Sreesanth c Steyn b Morkel0

J. Unadkat not out1

Extras (lb-6, w-3, nb-3)12

TOTAL (all out; 38.4 overs) 136

Fall of wickets: 1-1 2-24 3-27 4-66 5-67 6-71 7-110 8-110 9-116 10-136

Bowling: Steyn 10-1-34-3 (w1), Morkel 12.4-5-20-5 (nb3), Tsotsobe 9-2-50-0 (w1), Kallis 6-1-20-1 (w1), Harris 1-0-6-0

South Africa first innings

G. Smith c Dhoni b Harbhajan62

A. Petersen c Gambhir b Harbhajan77

H. Amla not out116

J. Kallis not out102

Extras (b-2, lb-2, w-2, nb-3)9

TOTAL (for 2; 87 overs) 366

Fall of wickets: 1-111 2-166

To bat: A. de Villiers, A. Prince, M. Boucher, D. Steyn, M. Morkel, P. Harris, L. Tsotsobe

Bowling: Sreesanth 19-1-71-0 (1nb, 1w), Ishant 18-2-68-0, Unadkat 16-2-60-0 (2nb), Harbhajan 25-2-107-2, Raina 3-0-27-0, Tendulkar 6-1-29-0

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.