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12-18-2010, 08:06 AM #1
South Africa take control at CenturionHarbhajan Singh’s double strike which sent both the openers back to the pavilion at the Supersport Park, Centurion didn’t seem to have any major effect on the home team as they seemed in total control of the game with Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis at the crease.
South Africa posted a total of 216/2 in 50 overs at tea to stretch their first innings lead to 100 runs. Amla steered his way to a half-century while Kallis was unbeaten on 42 in his aggressive style as usual right from the start. Zaheer Khan seemed to be badly missed by India as the Indian bowlers had a pretty tough time in the middle.
Petersen departed just after lunch after scoring 77 runs as he was caught by Gambhir off Harbhajan’s bowling. Harbhajan didn’t seem to have the best bowling figures as he clinched those 2 scalps for 72 runs in just 14 overs.
The pacemen Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth did get the new ball to move but it hardly created any chances. The newbie Jaidev Unadkat also had a tough time as Smith was really going after him. In all,125 runs came in 28 overs with 1 wicket down in the second session today.
India are already chasing leather in this game and will need some kind of a miracle to make comebacl.
Amla, Kallis score centuries at Centurion
The batting duo of Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla showed no mercy on the second day of the first Test at Centurion against the Indian bowlers. Both of them continued the fine display of batting with individual tons in the final session of play.
Kallis brought up his 38th Test ton from 130 balls, smashing nine boundaries and three sixes. Amla also continued his fine run of form as he completed his century from 165 balls, with the help of seven fours and a six.
At stumps, South Africa were 386/2 from 87 overs taking the lead to 230. Kallis and Amla both remained unbeaten on 102 and 116 respectively.
Harbhajan Singh was the only wicket taker for India who at the same time was the most expensive one. No other bowler seemed to trouble the batsmen as they were hammering them all around the park.
Dhoni seemed to have run out of options and went to the extent of using his part-time bowlers as well including Sachin Tendulkar. But all efforts seemed to be in vain as the home team completely outplayed the visitors today.
It looks like the Indians will now need to bat really well in the second innings and get help from some inclement weather if they want to escape with a draw in the game....being a human...