Monday 9 March 2009 

Kallis And De Villiers Keep South Africa Fighting

Kallis And De Villiers Keep South Africa Fighting
Kallis And De Villiers Keep South Africa Fighting
© REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA). Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Australia 352 (Hughes 115, Kaitich 108) & 331-5 dec. (Hughes 160) v
South Africa 138 (Duminy 73no, McDonald 3-25) & 244-2 (Kallis 84no)

Second Test, Kingsmead, Durban: day four: stumps

Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers scored unbeaten half-centuries as South Africa hit back after losing two wickets in the afternoon session to close day four of the second Test against Australia on 244 for two.

They were set 546 to win after Australia declared their second innings on 331 for five which was built around 160 from Phillip Hughes.

After lunch, Peter Siddle had South African openers Neil McKenzie and Hashim Amla caught behind the wicket and should have had Kallis dismissed in similar manner but thereafter Kallis and de Villiers resisted everything thrown at them to guide their side to stumps with no further loss of wickets and hopes of saving the match still very much alive.

South Africa had made a patient start to their second innings, getting to lunch on 35 without loss, but McKenzie (31) and Amla (43) came out and played more shots after the break, McKenzie hitting five fours before he got a beautiful delivery from Siddle that moved just enough to take the edge through to Brad Haddin.

Amla played some lovely strokes off his pads and some exquisite drives but following a working over from Siddle, he chased a wide one and was well held by Ricky Ponting at second slip. Siddle should have been celebrating earlier on as the ball after McKenzie was dismissed, Kallis edged him towards Marcus North, but the man at first slip couldn't hold the chance, diving away to his right.

Kallis settled quickly and both he and de Villiers played sensibly, the former facing 161 balls for his 84 while de Villiers faced 166 balls, making 68 runs.

Earlier in the day, Phillip Hughes went on to hit 160, following up his 115 in the first innings and he was out, well caught at third man by Morne Morkel shortly before Australia declared on 335 for five.

Marcus North (0) was the other man to fall, superbly caught by AB de Villiers, one-handed in the slips, off of Dale Steyn and with the fall of his wicket, captain Ricky Ponting called his side in.

South Africa did not help themselves early on when Mark Boucher dropped Hughes off of Steyn. Hughes finished with 15 fours and three sixes having faced 323 balls in all. He reached his 150 in emphatic style by smashing Steyn for six and played some more outrageous, flat-batted shots before his dismissal.

With Graeme Smith unlikely to play any further part in the series after breaking a finger in two places in South Africa's first innings, Hashim Amla opened up with Neil McKenzie.

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