CENTURION, South Africa, (Reuters) – Unbeaten centuries by Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla put South Africa totally in control against the inconsistent India attack on the second day of the first test yesterday.
Amla made 116 not out and Kallis 102 not out as South Africa closed on 366 for two.
The ailing Indian bowlers were defending their batsmen’s paltry first innings total of 136 all out.
Kallis breezed to his 38th test century off just 130 balls in three hours and looked entirely on top of his game. He stroked nine elegant fours and hammered three sixes.
Amla, who passed 1,000 runs against India in his 10th test against the world’s number one ranked team, survived a number of scares to score his 12th test century and sixth this year.
Kallis and Amla have added 200 for the third wicket to give South Africa a first-innings lead of 230 and all but kill off India’s chances of victory.
The visitors could ill-afford the lacklustre showing of their seamers on a pitch on which South African fast bowlers Morne Morkel with a career-best five for 20 and Dale Steyn (three for 24) had prospered.
But Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, debutant Jaidev Unadkat and Ishant Sharma all failed to extract any life from the surface.
India first innings (overnight 136-9)
G. Gambhir c Harris b Morkel 5
V. Sehwag c Amla b Steyn 0
R. Dravid lbw b Morkel 14
S. Tendulkar lbw b Steyn 36
V. Laxman b Steyn 7
S. Raina c Prince b Kallis 1
M. Dhoni lbw b Morkel 33
Harbhajan Singh run out 27
Ishant Sharma c Kallis b Morkel 0
S. Sreesanth c Steyn b Morkel 0
J. Unadkat not out 1
Extras (lb-6, w-3, nb-3) 12
Total (all out; 38.4 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-1 2-24 3-27 4-66 5-67 6-71 7-110 8-110 9-116 10-136
Bowling: Steyn 10-1-34-3 (w1), Morkel 12.4-5-20-5 (nb3), Tsotsobe 9-2-50-0 (w1), Kallis 6-1-20-1 (w1), Harris 1-0-6-0.
South Africa first innings
G. Smith c Dhoni b Harbhajan 62
A. Petersen c Gambhir b Harbhajan 77
H. Amla not out 116
J. Kallis not out 102
Extras (b-2, lb-2, w-2, nb-3) 9
Total (two wickets; 87 overs) 366
Fall of wickets: 1-111 2-166.
To bat: A. de Villiers, A. Prince, M. Boucher, D. Steyn, M. Morkel, P. Harris, L. Tsotsobe.
Bowling: Sreesanth 19-1-71-0 (1nb, 1w), Ishant 18-2-68-0, Unadkat 16-2-60-0 (2nb), Harbhajan 25-2-107-2, Raina 3-0-27-0, Tendulkar 6-1-29-0.
India’s best hope of wickets lies with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, but his two wickets in 25 overs have cost 107 runs.
Earlier, openers Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen blunted the Indian attack for two-and-a-quarter hours.