Sublime Kallis piles on the runs

Jacques Kallis scored his fifth century in four consecutive Tests after lunch on the second day of the second Castle Lager Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Supersport Park on Saturday as the dominant South Africans took total control of the match.

At tea, South Africa had 251 for two for a first innings lead of 64.

Kallis and Hashim Amla resumed their third wicket partnership after lunch level-pegging on 36 runs each, but Kallis got the bit between his teeth and surged past his younger partner. His 46th Test 50 earned him the honour of becoming the first South African to score 50 in eight consecutive Tests, but not content with that, he went on to score his 29th Test century off 143 balls, with the second 50 at less than a run a ball.

He looked in sublime form and treated the New Zealand attack with disdain, using his full repertoire of shots. He came within five runs of scoring a century between lunch and tea. His latest ton puts him on a par with the great Australian, Donald Bradman, who also scored 29 Test centuries.

Amla’s sixth Test 50 came off 105 balls and as at the Wanderers a week ago, he appeared content to allow Kallis to play the dominant role. They faced 290 deliveries for their 200 partnership, which included 27 fours and two sixes—both scored by Kallis. They scored 148 runs between lunch and tea, and even the experienced Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris seemed unable to stem the flow of runs. - Sapa

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