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Smith, Kallis put South Africa on top in 1st test

Smith, Kallis put South Africa on top in 1st test

Graeme Smith made 80 and Jacques Kallis 66 in an unbroken 128-run partnership to steer South Africa to 175-2 at tea on the third day of the first cricket test Friday.
South Africa now has a 140-run lead over New Zealand with eight second innings wickets in hand.
Smith's second half century of the match, the 32nd of his career, and Kallis' return to form with his 56th test half century, forced another shift in the balance of the match after New Zealand led by 35 runs on the first innings.
The veteran pair came together when South Africa was 47-2 and after it had lost Alviro Petersen (25) and Hashim Amla (2) in the same over from Doug Bracewell.
They toiled to lunch when the Proteas were 88-2, then batted with increasing fluency to put on 87 in the second session, steadily improving South Africa's position in the match.
New Zealand had resumed at 243-9, leading by only five runs, but a cheeky last-wicket partnership between Trent Boult and Chris Martin had inflated the lead to 35 which was significant in the context of a closely fought match.
Boult and Martin added 30 runs from 14 balls before New Zealand's first innings ended on Friday at 273. Martin took a hasty single which became a five with four overthrows and Boult blasted three sixes and a four from a Vernon Philander over which conceded 22 runs.
Smith hit a four off Bracewell to wipe off the last of the deficit without the loss of a wicket but Bracewell hit back by dismissing Petersen and Amla within four balls in the 12th over of the innings. Petersen, who had lived dangerous, drove a slower delivery to Tim Southee at mid-off and Amla was brilliantly caught by Martin Guptill at second slip.
Amla held his ground, uncertain that the ball had carried to Guptill, but his dismissal was confirmed after a lengthy study of television replays.
Kallis was out for a duck in the first innings, one of three batsman dismissed by Chris Martin in a four-ball spell immediately after tea on the first day. He struggled at first and looked less than the batsman who has scored more than 12,000 test runs but batted with huge determination to play through the crisis of his own innings.
Smith was commanding, taking the overwhelming majority of his runs through the leg side. Fired by his example, Kallis grew in confidence and by tea had played himself into imposiing form.
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor steadily rotated his four-pronged pace attack with spells from left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori but could find no means of breaking Smith and Kallis's stand. In general, Kallis faced a seven-two offside field but still found gaps through which to thread his boundaries.
New Zealand set strong leg-side fields for Smith, sometimes with two short mid-wickets, but he also found the means to score steadily.
Smith reached his half century in 163 minutes from 107 balls and Kallis, much later, attained his from 106 balls with seven fours. Their century partnership came from 216 balls.


Updated : 2021-10-18 19:54 GMT+08:00