March 19, 2019

Injured Kallis puts South Africa on top against India

I know I should have a picture of Kallis celebrating his century, but I could not resist Sreesanth climbing the invisible wall while appealing to a deaf umpire.

Another century from Jacques Kallis has put South Africa in the box seat to win the Third Test and the Series against India in Cape Town.

The 35-year-old all rounder has became the first ever South African to score two hundreds in a home Test match with an unbeaten 109 in South Africa’s second innings.

The hosts have set India an daunting 339 victory target for the final day after they were bowled out for 341.

Kallis batting with a stomach strain and in obvious discomfort notched up his 40th Test century to move ahead of Ricky Ponting and be alone in second place behind Sachin Tendulkar on the all time list of Test century scorers.

Harbhajan Singh who took 7 wickets for 120 runs was the best of the Indian bowlers on a wicket that is starting to do strange things.

Thanks to Kallis, India must chase a record Newlands fourth-innings winning target of 341 to win the three-match series. Mark Boucher (55), Dale Steyn (32) and Morne Morkel (28) provided excellent assistance to Kallis after South Africa were reduced to 60-4 inside the first half hour of play.

Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will be relishing the prospect of bringing India’s hallowed batting line-up down to earth on a bowler friendly pitch.