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Day 3 at Kingsmead: Kallis and Jadeja take centre stage

December 29, 2013 12:54 IST

Day 3 at Kingsmead: Kallis and Jadeja take centre stage

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Jacques Kallis was involved in two good stands – 127 for the fourth wicket in 44 overs with AB de Villiers and 58 for the fifth wicket in 30 overs with JP Duminy, while Ravindra Jadeja bowled virtually unchanged throughout the day for reward of four of the five wickets that fell.

Jacques Kallis drew on all his experience to hold South Africa together as a battle of cat and mouse for the first innings advantage  took centre stage on the third day of the second Test against India at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.

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Following an opening stand of 103 between Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen, in pursuit of India’s first innings total of 334, the Proteas were rocked back on their heels by the loss of both players as well as Hashim Amla for the addition of only 10 runs that saw them struggling at 113 for 3 on a pitch that was giving considerable assistance in the way of turn and bounce to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.


Image: Ravindra Jadeja
Photographs: BCCI

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In the end they must have been more than happy to finish the day on 299 for 5 before bad light and rain brought play to a halt an hour before the scheduled close.

This left them with a deficit of only 35 runs, with Kallis still at the crease on 78 (224 balls, 10 fours) and the Bidvest Wanderers hero, Faf du Plessis, still to bat.

Kallis was involved in two good stands – 127 for the fourth wicket in 44 overs with AB de Villiers (74 off 117 balls, 9 fours) and 58 for the fifth wicket in 30 overs with JP Duminy (28 off 82 balls, 4 fours).

While Kallis and De Villiers were together the Proteas looked to be in cruise control. Kallis twice walked down the wicket to hit Jadeja back over his head for boundaries to open up the field and make singles more readily available.


Image: Jacques Kallis
Photographs: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

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As always, the dominant feature of his innings was his cover driving as well as his signature punch off the back foot square of the wicket.

The Indian side (both those on the field as well as the substitutes) and the umpires, as well as his batting partner, Petersen, paid tribute to him by forming a guard of honour as he came out to bat, possibly for the last time in a Test match. It probably helped him that he was not immediately on strike as it must have been an emotional moment, even for this man of such even and unflappable temperament.

He took his time to get off the mark and one could sense that he was setting himself up for a big innings. Just how big it is going to be remains to be seen on the fourth day.

Apart from switching ends on two occasions Jadeja bowled virtually unchanged throughout the day. He was always posing problems for the batsmen, even when Kallis and De Villiers were going well, and his control of line and length was immaculate.

The balls that accounted for Petersen (62 off 100 balls, 8 fours) and De Villiers were classic left-arm spinner dismissals, both caught at slip.

He took four of the five wickets to fall (4/87 in 37 overs) and enabled MS Dhoni to rotate his three seamers from the other end.

With Jadeja in control and the batsmen struggling to get the soft ball away Dhoni declined to take the second new ball and it paid dividends when Jadeja trapped Duminy leg before wicket an over before rain drove the players from the field.

The Indian team stuck diligently to their task all day and impressed both with their out-cricket – this is the best Indian fielding team ever to visit South Africa – and their ability to get through their overs comfortably ahead of the required rate.


Image: Ravindra Jadeja
Photographs: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

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