Saint Kitts and Nevis - Jacques Kallis capped a wonderful innings with a memorable landmark as he steered South Africa to a commanding 398 for three at lunch on the second day of the second Test against the West Indies on Saturday.
Kallis oozed sheer class as he went into the break on 99 not out,
becoming just the sixth batsman to score 11 000 Test runs, and AB de
Villiers is on 49 not out, with a feast of runs surely awaiting the
visitors in the afternoon.
But Kallis and De Villiers had to get through some threatening
West Indian bowling with the second new ball, especially by the
dangerous Kemar Roach.
Roach gave Kallis a working over with the hard new ball,
hitting him on the helmet as he had done on the first day too. But
Kallis weathered the storm and then brought out the hook shot, drawing
Roach's venom and re-establishing firm control by the break.
While Kallis was splurging himself, stroking 10 fours and a six
off 203 balls, De Villiers was content just to have small sips of
glory, before seizing the initiative towards the end of the session by
coming down the pitch to off-spinner Shane Shillingford and hitting him
for a six and a four.
The marvellous ability of Kallis is that he never bends to
whatever pressure the bowling side are heaping on him and he was happy
to bide his time before striking out when the opportunity presented
De Villiers was content to be his able lieutenant, although he
displayed nimble footwork in a composed innings during which he has
gone past 4000 Test runs, the seventh South African to do so.
West Indies - Chris Gayle (capt), Travis Dowlin,
Brendan Nash, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Dwayne Bravo,
Denesh Ramdin (wk), Shane Shillingford, Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach,
South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen,
Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark
Boucher (wk), Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.