South Africa vs India 2nd Test, Day 3: Jacques Kallis' unbeaten 78 takes hosts to 299/5 at stumps

Updated: 29 December 2013 00:28 IST

Jacques Kallis was 22 short of his 45th Test ton when rain interrupted play and forced an early end to Day 3 at Durban.


Jacques Kallis, playing in his final Test match, scored an unbeaten 78 after South Africa lost three wickets in quick succession on the third day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Saturday. (Scorecard | Highlights)

South Africa were 299 for five, 35 runs behind India's first innings total of 334, when rain brought an early close. (Jacques Kallis to retire after Durban Test)

Kallis received a standing ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the Indian players when he walked out to bat after Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla had been dismissed for 47 and three respectively. (Guard of honour for Jacques Kallis)

Before Kallis faced a ball, Alviro Petersen was caught at slip for 62 off a ball from Ravindra Jadeja which bounced more than Petersen expected. (Jacques Kallis, the quiet conqueror)

Left-arm spinner Jadeja put a clamp on the scoring rate and picked up four for 87 in 37 overs. (Kallis' maturity and calmness will be missed: Russell Domingo)

Fairly early in his innings, Kallis hit two successive lofted drives for four off Jadeja but the left-arm spinner, who replaced Ravichandran Ashwin from the team that played in the drawn Test at Johannesburg, was never mastered.

Kallis and AB de Villiers (74) shared a fourth wicket partnership of 127 after South Africa lost three wickets for ten runs to be wobbling at 113 for three.

Most of the enterprise came from De Villiers, who continued in a rich vein of form which has taken him to the top of both the Test and one-day international batting rankings. He hit nine boundaries in a 117-ball innings.

But after De Villiers was caught at slip off Jadeja, the scoring rate was brought down considerably with Kallis taking no chances. It was important from a team point of view, too, that South Africa secured a first innings lead. (Five wicket-haul will be my answer to critics: Jadeja)

Kallis and JP Duminy (28) added 58 runs off 176 balls, a scoring rate of just under two runs an over, as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni set defensive fields and refused to take the second new ball, with the batsmen finding it difficult to be assertive against accurate slow bowling.

Kallis advanced to a half-century off 131 balls when he cut Jadeja for four shortly after De Villiers was dismissed. (Kallis playing the perfect innings: Petersen)

It was the 103rd time in 166 Tests that Kallis had scored 50 or more, with 44 of those innings converted into centuries. But it was his first Test half-century in eight innings. (Stats)

By close of play, Kallis had been batting for 274 minutes, facing 224 balls and hitting ten fours. He gave a sharp chance to Shikhar Dhawan at silly mid-off against Jadeja when he was on 74. (Day 3 Pics)

Smith and Petersen took their opening partnership to 103 from the overnight total of 82 but were unable to bat with the freedom they had displayed on Friday evening. (Kallis greatest all-rounder in modern era: Pollock)

Jadeja troubled both batsmen before Smith, on 47, went down the wicket and mistimed an attempted hit over midwicket. Dhawan ran back and held a good, diving catch.

Amla was bowled by Mohammed Shami for three when an inswinging delivery straightened past his bat and hit the off stump.

Topics : Cricket AB de Villiers Jacques Kallis Ravindra Jadeja India South Africa India in South Africa 2013-14
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