Kallis hundred lifted proteas in the deciding battle between India and South Africa on New Lands.

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  • Kallis hundred lifted proteas in the deciding battle between India and South Africa on New Lands.

Kallis hundred lifted proteas in the deciding battle between India and South Africa on New Lands.

Jacques Kallis fighting 161 helps Proteas to finish with 362 for 10 in the second inning of deciding third Test against India at New Lands on 3 January. He made his 39th Test century and come along with Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting in number of centuries in the Test cricket. He and Ponting have become the highest century holders in the Test Cricket after Sachin Tendulkar who has 50. New Lands has turned out to be kallis’s lucky venue again. So far, he has scored 1742 runs in the 28 inns with seven hundreds in New Lands. His proved on several occasions that his solid defense is not easy to break for any bowler. On the other hand, Sreesanth burst out with a pace on South African Batters and took five wicket haul. Proteas batsmen have been handing over wickets to him in regular intervals.

Early in the morning, Jacques Kallis and Ashwell prince resumed the inns with 232 for 4. Right after two overs Ashwell Prince departed on 47, Sreesanth got his wicket. Then Kalis batted with every batsman till the end. He played tremendous knock with 19 classic boundaries and added 78 runs with the last two batsmen. He was the last Proteas batter to depart. Zaheer Khan got him caught behind by Dhoni. Hashim Amla got a good start but couldn’t prolong it to the triple figures. He made 59 runs and Sreesanth got his wicket.  Mark Boucher went back to pavilion on a golden duck while AB de Villiers made 26.

From India Sreesanth was the main hero behind the destruction of proteas strong batting lineup. He outclassed the proteas with his pace and swing. Only kallis was the one who stood against his pace but others batters were just coming to give him privilege.  He got out five South African batsmen by giving 129 runs in 29 overs. Zaheer Khan supported him well by picking 3. He took the important wicket of Jaques Kallis. Indian Skipper has also been remaining busy behind the wickets. He gathered five catches in the inns. Ishant Sharma also joined the party and bowled well. He took 2 wickets by giving 77 runs in 27 overs. Off Spinner Harbhajan Singh hold up his fast bowlers well but could mange to get any wicket. He bowled 27 overs.

India is searching for his first ever win against the proteas on South African soil. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni must be satisfied with his bowlers performance but to win the Test match they will have to give hundred percent in every department of the game. India will have to put a big total on the board to get down proteas in the final Castle Test.

On the other hand South Africa who struggled with the bat but later on Kallis got them out of the trouble. South Africa will have to restrict India on a minimum total to win the final decider Test. The battle of number one Test ranking is still on in New Lands.




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