Smith, Kallis spur Proteas

Smith, Kallis spur Proteas

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis both scored centuries and combined for a 200-run partnership as the tourists virtually batted New Zealand out of the first Test by the close of play on the third day on Friday.

Smith (115) and Kallis (107 not out) had come together with their side on 47 for two and with just a 12-run lead after Doug Bracewell had taken two wickets in one over before lunch to give the hosts hopes of pushing for an upset victory.

The experienced duo, however, consolidated their innings before lunch then built on it afterwards to guide South Africa to 268 for three by the close of play at University Oval in Dunedin, an overall lead of 233.

Jacques Rudolph, who was given out leg before wicket to Bracewell shortly before the close but had the decision overturned when television replays showed the ball had marginally pitched outside leg stump, was with Kallis on 13.

Smith brought up his 24th Test century from 201 balls when he flicked a Daniel Vettori delivery through a packed onside field for a single, while Kallis achieved his 42nd Test century with a quick single into the off side.

The South African captain had fallen shortly before Kallis reached his ton, becoming Bracewell’s third victim of the innings when he was bowled by the seventh delivery with the second new ball.

New Zealand had been buoyed before lunch when Bracewell had dismissed Alviro Petersen (25) and Hashim Amla (2) in the same over to leave South Africa struggling.

Momentum looked to be swinging the hosts’ way after Trent Boult’s cameo of 33 not out gave them a 35-run first innings lead.

Score Board
SOUTH AFRICA (I Innings): 238
NEW ZEALAND (I Innings):
Nicol c Smith b Philander    6
Guptill b Morkel    16
BMcCullum c & b Tahir    48
Taylor c Boucher b Morkel    44
Williamson c Boucher b P’ander    11
Vettori c & b Kallis    46
Van Wyk c Smith b Philander    36
Bracewell b Steyn    25
Southee c Smith b Philander    0
Boult (not out)    33
Martin c Amla b Steyn    5
Extras (LB-3)    3
Total (all out, 88.2 overs)    273
Fall of Wickets: 1-7, 2-41, 3-106, 4-116, 5-135, 6-188, 7-229, 8-229, 9-239.
Bowling: Steyn 20.2-4-79-2, Philander 18-1-72-4, Morkel 18-5-52-2, Tahir 24-6-55-1, Kallis 8-2-12-1.
Petersen c Southee b Bracewell    25
Smith b Bracewell    115
Amla c Guptill b Bracewel    l2
Kallis (batting)    107
Rudolph (batting)    13
Extras (B-2, LB-1, W-1, NB-2)    6
Total (for 3 wkts, 89 overs)    268
Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-47, 3-247.
Bowling: Martin 17-4-57-0, Boult 16-3-52-0, Bracewell 18-2-53-3, Southee 17-3-58-0, Vettori 19-2-34-0, Nicol 1-0-9-0, Williamson 1-0-2-0.

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