Kallis shows his class in Cape Town

January 3, 2012
by Paddy Briggs

Newlands

Cape Town, 3rd Test match
Day 1: South Africa 347/3 v Sri Lanka

Jacques Kallis recorded his 41st Test match century today in helping South Africa into a dominant position over the touring Sri Lankans in Cape Town, by closing the day on 347/3.

Going into the third and final Test match here at Newlands the pressure was on the home side after crashing to defeat in the second Test in Durban leaving the series delicately poised at 1-1.

Yet again, South Africa turned to Kallis for inspiration, and he did not disappoint as he finished the day on 159 not out from 215 balls. Kallis’ innings included 21 fours and 1 six and he will be looking to add to this tomorrow morning when play resumes.

Kallis was well supported by the returning Alviro Petersen who replaced Jacques Rudolf at the top of the order. Petersen made 109 from 188 balls in what was an impressive display from the ex Glamorgan captain.The South African vice-captain AB de Villiers will join Kallis at the crease tomorrow on 45 not out.

There was very little joy all day for the Sri Lankan bowlers who toiled hard in batsman friendly conditions. The pick of the bowlers was Prasad who finished the day with 2/85 from 18 overs.

South Africa will be hoping to further their strangle hold of this match in the morning by posting a big first innings score, before having a bowl at a tired Sri Lankan top order tomorrow afternoon.

Chris Murtagh 03/01/2012

One Comment to “Kallis shows his class in Cape Town”

  1. Simon
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Kallis is a machine!

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