Saturday 6 February 2010 

Kallis And Amla Lead Stunning South African Recovery

Kallis And Amla Lead Stunning South African Recovery
Kallis And Amla Lead Stunning South African Recovery
© REUTERS/Arko Datta - picture supplied by Action Images
 
	 Kallis And Amla Lead Stunning South African Recovery
Kallis And Amla Lead Stunning South African Recovery
© REUTERS/Arko Datta - picture supplied by Action Images
 

South Africa 291-2 (Kallis 159no, Amla 115no) v India

First Test, Nagpur

South Africa lost two wickets for six runs on day one of the opening Test against India in Nagpur but unbeaten centuries from Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla then propelled them to a score of 291 for two.

It was a stunning recovery from a pair that enjoy batting together and is the latest in a series of big partnerships for the third wicket and it was necessary after Graeme Smith (6) and Ashwell Prince (0) fell victim to a superb new-ball spell from left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan.

Smith was trapped in front while Prince edged Khan to wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Then the fightback began, and having taken two wickets in the first 21 balls of play, India would not take another before stumps were drawn with 91 overs having been bowled.

Kallis was first to his century, closing on 159 having faced 290 deliveries and hitting 14 fours and two sixes while Amla reached 115 in 225 balls, hitting 11 fours.

India, already missing Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and VVS Laxman through injury, were dealt a further blow moments prior to the match when Rohit Sharma, in the squad as cover for Laxman, injured an ankle playing football. His withdrawal handed a Test debut to wicket-keeper Wriddhaman Saha, who plays as a specialist batsman and debuts alongside Subramaniam Badrinath.

Amit Mishra takes the second spinner's berth while South Africa are unchanged from the side that beat England in Johannesburg earlier in the year.

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