Win it for King Kallis

2013-12-30 00:00

JACQUES Kallis’s emotional farewell Test hundred was the highlight at Kingsmead yesterday as the Proteas ground their way to 500 all out, a lead of 166 on the first innings in the second Test against India, who finished the day on 68-2 in their second innings, still 98 runs behind.

Starting the day on 299-5, with Kallis on 78 and night watchman Dale Steyn yet to open his account, the pair rubbed salt into India’s wounds with a sixth-wicket partnership of 86 as Kallis reached his 45th Test hundred to great applause from what was a disappointing crowd in to witness the milestone.

With Steyn gaining in confidence, the pair surged past India’s first innings effort of 334, taking the score to 384 before Kallis was finally out for 115 from 316 balls with 13 fours. He left Kingsmead to a standing ovation, waving his bat to all around the ground as he walked up the steps to be greeted by his team-mates.

Steyn followed soon after for a well-played 44 from 93 balls with seven fours as the Proteas went to lunch on 395-7, with Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis at the crease. With some drizzle visiting the ground during the lunch break, play started 15 minutes later than scheduled and the message given to the batsmen became clear as Peterson in particular got after the Indian bowlers.

In the first over after lunch, 12 runs were scored as India persisted with the old ball, hoping it would quell the scoring. Eventually, after 146 overs the umpires intervened and India were forced to take the new cherry, much to the preference of Peterson and Du Plessis, who continued to bash away.

Peterson brought up his half century from 44 balls with nine fours and with Du Plessis hitting the first six of the innings off Rohit Sharma, the pair put up a record eighth-wicket partnership at Kingsmead of 110 in 18 overs, eclipsing the previous best of 101 between India’s Pravin Amre and Kiran More in 1992/93.

Peterson was out for an entertaining 61 from 52 balls and Du Plessis was run out for the second successive Test innings for 43. Morné Morkel (0) was the final wicket to fall, giving left-arm orthodox spinner Jadeja his sixth wicket for 138 runs from 58.2 overs, including an unchanged spell from the City end for the entire first session of two-and-a-half hours.

Zaheer Khan claimed 2-97 in 28 overs and the other wicket taker was Mohammed Shami with 1-104 in 27 overs.

Just before 2.10 pm the players left the field for rain and tea was taken; the players returning at 3.01 pm. Many thought Proteas captain Graeme Smith would declare with the score on 497-8, but India saved him the call by finishing the innings two runs later.

With the floodlights on and a useful lead, the Protea bowlers came out firing, wanting to get a result in the Test for Kallis, who had already done his end of the deal. They attacked the batsmen, bowling with pace and bounce and Vernon Philander was rewarded with the first breakthrough when he had Murali Vijay taken by Smith at slip for six, leaving India on 8-1 after 6.1 overs.

India battled to score freely against the pace attack and Smith felt secure enough to introduce Peterson’s spin in the 14th over, from the same end Jadeja had operated, with plenty of rough to aim at outside the left-hander’s off-stump.

Cheteshwar Pujara joined Shikhar Dhawan as they slowly wiped off the deficit. Morne Morkel probed outside off-stump with no reward, JP Duminy was introduced from the City end and Dale Steyn replaced Morkel as the Proteas looked for another wicket before close. It duly came when Dhawan (19) attempted to flick Peterson over mid-wicket only to see Du Plessis launch himself into the air and take the catch one-handed above his head.

Hashim Amla left the field in the 20th over when Pujara flicked a delivery from Duminy to short leg where Amla was fielding. The ball cannoned into his hands before falling to the ground but it looked as if Amla had cut his little finger on his right hand and 12th man Dean Elgar came on the field.

As the light faded, spin was introduced from both ends with Peterson and Duminy operating. With four overs remaining, umpires called time, Pujara (32*) and Virat Kohli (11*) at the crease.

Philander has 1-9 from six overs, Steyn 0-5 from seven, Morkel 0-11 from six, Peterson 1-23 from nine and Duminy 0-20 from eight.

Kallis finished his day by leading the players off the field to warm applause.

Play starts at 9.30 am today and entry after midday is free.


India first innings 334

South Africa first innings (o/n 299/5)

G Smith c Dhawan b Jadeja47

A Petersen c Vijay b Jadeja62

H Amla b Shami3

J Kallis c Dhoni b Jadeja115

AB de Villiers c Kohli b Jadeja74

JP Duminy lbw b Jadeja28

D Steyn c Dhoni b Khan44

F du Plessis run out (R Sharma)43

R Peterson c Vijay b Khan61

V Philander not out0

M Morkel c and b Jadeja0

Extras: (b3, lb15, w2, nb3)23

TOTAL: (all out, 155.2 overs)500

Fall of wickets: 1-103 (Smith 27.1ov), 2-113 (Amla 32.6), 3-113 (Petersen 33.1), 4-240 (De Villiers 73.6), 5-298 (Duminy 103.2), 6-384 (Kallis 133.3), 7-387 (Steyn 136.1), 8-497 (Peterson 154.1), 9-500 (Du Plessis 154.6), 10-500 (Morkel 155.2)

Bowling: Khan 28-4-97-2 (1nb,1w), Shami 27-2-104-1, I Sharma 31-7-114-0 (2nb, 1w), Jadeja 58.2-15-138-6, R Sharma 11-1-29-0.

India second innings

S Dhawan c Du Plessis b Peterson19

M Vijay c Smith b Philander6

C Pujara not out32

V Kohli not out11

Extras: 0

TOTAL: (for two wickets, 36 overs)68

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Vijay 5.3), 2-53 (Dhawan 27.5)

Bowling: Steyn 7-5-5-0, Philander 6-2-9-1, Morkel 6-2-11-0, Peterson 9-2-23-1, Duminy 8-2-20-0.

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