Kallis happy to have scored maiden 200

“It is a fantastic landmark, it’s nice to tick that box off and move on,” said Kallis, who had before Saturday topped the list of run-scorers, with more than 11,000, that not made a Test double ton.

“That the effort came against the best side in the world at the moment made it more special,” added the 35-year-old. “It is such a big series, number one versus number two, and I am very happy that my effort has put the team in such a commanding position. It’s now time to go on and win the Test match.”

Kallis said despite India trailing by 294 runs with eight wickets standing, a South African win couldn’t be taken for granted. “You can never write the Indian side off,” he observed.

“Not for nothing are they the number one side in the world. It will be hard work for us, as we saw today. The idea is to regroup and start well in the morning, put them under pressure, create opportunities and take those opportunities when they arise.

“There is still enough in the surface for the bowlers to exploit. As we saw today, one or two balls turned for Harris, and when Dale and Morne were bowling, a couple of balls bounced and a few others stayed down.

“If we bowl in the right areas and manage to create consistent pressure, I am sure we can knock them over. It’s the kind of pitch where you need to hit the deck because if you put something in, you will get value as a bowler but if you are off target, the batsmen can tick you off.”

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