Saturday 17 November 2007 

Kallis And Amla Put South Africa In Charge

New Zealand 188 (Cumming 48, Steyn 4-42) v
South Africa 272 for 3 (Kallis 131, Amla 89no) after day two at Centurion
South Africa lead the two-match series 1-0

A 220-run partnership between Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla helped South Africa establish a first innings lead of 84 by the close of day two of the second Test against New Zealand at Centurion.

Kallis notched up his 29th Test century, and his fifth in seven innings, as the pair scored their second consecutive stand of 200-plus, after hitting 330 in the second innings at Johannesburg. They came together with South Africa in a spot of bother at 31 for two and when Kallis was finally dismissed, trapped in front by Mark Gillespie for an explosive 131, they were well ahead of New Zealand's mark of 188.

Bad light ended play early, as it had on day one, with Amla unbeaten on 89 with Ashwell Prince on eight.

South Africa were quickly in to bat in the morning after Makhaya Ntini needed less than an over to finish off New Zealand's first innings, Chris Martin departing for a duck as they were bowled out for 188.

Dale Steyn was the pick of the South African bowlers with four for 42 while Ntini (for 52) and Andre Nel (for 42) took two wickets each.

Martin was caught by Kallis leaving Daniel Vettori unbeaten on 17, although he got some measure of revenge by removing both South African openers when they replied.

Both Graeme Smith (two) and Herschelle Gibbs (25) were bowled to give New Zealand an inkling of hope before the intervention of the in-form Kallis and Amla, who registered a sixth fifty in Tests.

© Cricket World 2007