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17-Dec-2010 16:43:00 GMT
South Africa v India, 1st Test, Centurion, 2nd day

Ton-up Amla and Kallis Puts South Africa on Top

Centurion: Hashim Amla (116*) and Jacques Kallis (102*) put on unbeaten 200-run partnership to help South Africa post 366 for 2 against India on the second day of the first Test at Centurion.

After bundling out India for a paltry 136, the South African batsmen laid the foundation for a mammoth first innings lead by taking the score to a comfortable 366 for two at stump on day two with Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis at the crease.

Resuming at the lunch score of 111 for one, Petersen and Hashim Amla put on 55 runs for the second wicket before Harbhajan Singh struck for his team again.

Harbhajan plotted Petersen's dismissal as he flighted the ball on middle and leg stump. Petersen got half-forward to defend and got an inside edge onto pad for Gambhir to take a smart catch at forward short leg.

Petersen looked quite comfortable in the middle till this blemish. His knock of 77 came off 114 balls and was laced with nine boundaries and a six.

The Indian bowlers lacked the sting in the post-lunch session and barring Harbhajan, who managed to get the odd ball to jump up, none of them really looked like getting a wicket.

The Indian pacemen got no movement whatsoever in the session and the absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who is sitting out of the match because of a hamstring injury, was badly felt.

Petersen took upon himself the task of scoring the runs after the dismissal of his captain Graeme Smith and completed his third Test half century shortly after the lunch break.

Petersen was particularly severe on Ishant and Sreesanth and even Harbhajan was not spared when he erred in line or length.

Jacques Kallis joined the action after Petersen's dismissal and the experienced right hander got into the run scoring business by pounding Sreesanth to the boundary.

But a few overs later, the Kerala speedster managed to hit Kallis on the helmet with a short-pitched delivery.

Indian captain Dhoni introduced part-timer Suresh Raina into the attack in place of Harbhajan and he turned out to be really expensive with Kallis smashing him for two sixes. He conceded 23 runs in his two overs.

When Kallis reached 30, he completed 1000 runs in 2010 during which he played 10 Tests for an impressive average of 70.62.

The Indians just did not have the bowling resources to pose any problems for the hosts who set the platform for a mammoth first innings total.

Brief scores
136 (Morkel 5-20)
South Africa 366 for 2 (Amla 116*, Kallis 102*, Petersen 77, Smith 62)
Status South Africa lead by 230 runs

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