Cape Town - South Africa were bowled out for 362 after lunch on the second day of the third and final Test against India at Newlands on Monday.
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Jacques Kallis stood firm in the face of a spirited India bowling attack to help South Africa to 335 for nine at lunch.
Kallis, who began the day on 81, reached the break on 140 not out off 253 balls to resist the India bowlers after the visitors had made full use of the second new ball to scythe through the Proteas’ middle and lower order.
Paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was the architect of South Africa’s collapse as the home side lost four wickets for the addition of 31 runs after the advent of the new ball.
Sreesanth reached lunch with figures of five for 99 off 27 overs, the third five-wicket haul in Tests for the 27-year-old bowler. Sreesanth more than deserved his success as he served up a quality exhibition of fast bowling, extracting both swing and seam movement at a sunny Newlands.
But Kallis remained unruffled and the 35-year-old brought up his 39th test ton, off 209 balls with nine fours, to join Australia’s Ricky Ponting on 39 test hundreds. Only Sachin Tendulkar, with 50, has scored more Test centuries.
Kallis’s performance was made all the more remarkable as he battled with a strained reductor muscle, around the hip area, an injury he had picked up while batting on the first day.
Ashwell Prince and Kallis began the day in positive fashion as they stretched their fifth-wicket partnership to 98 before Prince was dismissed for 47 by a snorter of a delivery from Sreesanth.
The bowler sent down a fullish delivery that seamed back appreciably into the left-handed Prince to beat his attempted drive and knock back his off stump.
Sreesanth struck with his next ball with a delivery that seamed away off the pitch to Mark Boucher (0) which resulted in an outside edge through to keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dale Steyn (0) was beaten for pace by a bouncer from left-arm quick Zaheer Khan with the batsman only able to fend the ball to gully before Morne Morkel (8) edged a Sreesanth delivery to Dhoni.
South Africa had slumped to 283 for eight, after beginning the day on 232 for four, but Kallis finally found a willing partner in the form of Paul Harris as the duo added 27 runs for the ninth wicket.
Harris scored seven off 41 balls before he fended a short ball from seamer Ishant Sharma to leg gully.
India would have hoped to have wrapped up the South Africa innings before lunch but Lonwabo Tsotsobe (three not out) and Kallis dug in to add an important 25 runs for the unbeaten 10th-wicket stand.
South Africa first innings (overnight 232/4)
A Petersen c Dhoni b Sharma 21 (47b, 3x4)
G Smith lbw b Zaheer 6 (12b)
H Amla c Pujara b Sreesanth 59 (80b, 9x4, 1x6)
J Kallis c Dhoni b Khan 161 (291b, 19x4)
AB de Villiers c Dhoni b Sreesanth 26 (72b, 3x4)
A Prince b Sreesanth 47 (100b, 6x4)
M Boucher c Dhoni b Sreesanth 0 (1b)
D Steyn c Pujara b Khan 0 (5b)
M Morkel c Dhoni b Sreesanth 8 (11b, 2x4)
P Harris c Pujara b Sharma 7 (41b)
L Tsotsobe not out 8 (13b)
Extras: (b1, lb6, nb11, w1) 19
Total: (all out) 362 -- 112.5 overs
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Smith 6.3ov), 2-34 (Petersen 13.3), 3-106 (Amla 28.3), 4-164 (De Villiers 50.6), 5-262 (Prince 83.5), 6-262 (Boucher 83.6), 7-272 (Steyn 86.1), 8-283 (Morkel 87.6), 9-310 (Harris 98.1), 10-362 (Kallis 112.5)
Bowling: Khan 29.5-6-89-2 (2nb), Sreesanth 29-0-114-5 (6nb, 1w), Sharma 27-6-77-2 (3nb), Harbhajan 27-3-75-0
South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel.
India - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.