Kallis scores ton as SA recover from shaky start

Kallis scores ton as SA recover from shaky start

His unbeaten 112 gave the hosts the advantage after they had been sent in to bat and lost two wickets in each of the first two sessions.

South Africa's leading run-scorer batted for 278 minutes and faced 203 balls, stroking 14 fours and an imperious six off spinner Graeme Swann.
Kallis and JP Duminy (38 n.o.) shared an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 103.
Swann bowled unchanged for 24 overs either side of tea, taking two for 61.
Earlier, Kallis and AB de Villiers seemed to have weathered an early onslaught by the England bowlers as they put together a fourth wicket stand of 66, but De Villiers was caught at short leg for 32 to give Swann his second wicket of the innings.

Kallis, who off late has been in prime form in the shorter versions of the game, battering bowlers at will,  looked his old composed self in the longer version, happy to drop anchor and complete an impressive, old-fashioned, typically Kallis hundred.
De Villiers did not add to his score after surviving a television review when Swann appealed for a catch behind.

England used up their quota of reviews for the innings, with television umpire Amish Saheba earlier confirming a not-out decision by on-field official Aleem Dar against Kallis when James Anderson was bowling.
The series could hardly have got off to a worse start for South Africa. Strike bowler Dale Steyn was ruled out after feeling tightness in his left hamstring during the pre-match warm-up. He was replaced by new cap Friedel de Wet.
Then captain and batting mainstay Graeme Smith was caught behind off Stuart Broad without scoring in the second over after England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and sent South Africa in. Smith’s attempted glance was held by wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who lunged to his right.

Prince and Hashim Amla put on 50 for the second wicket but it was slow going against tight bowling before Amla was caught at second slip off Graham Onions.
Prince, who successfully sought a referral after umpire Steve Davis gave him out lbw to Onions when he had 19, made 45 before he was caught slip off Swann’s second ball of the match.

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