South Africa vs India 2nd Test Day 3: Kallis and de Villiers keep South Africa in control

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Kallis scored a half-century in his final Test match

South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis and wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers both scored half-centuries to keep the Proteas in control against India on the third day of the second Test in Durban.

Both batsmen were well supported by opener Alviro Petersen, who also scored a half-century.

Starting out the day on 82/0, South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Petersen were able to convert their 82-run partnership into a 103-run partnership before Smith was brilliantly caught by Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 47.

Hashim Amla could only make three runs before being clean bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Petersen was dismissed the very next over after he hit a delivery from Jadeja straight to Murali Vijay at slip.

Petersen’s fantastic innings of 62 came off 100 balls and included eight boundaries.

With South Africa having lost three wickets in quick succession, Kallis and de Villiers stabilised the innings with an outstanding 127-run partnership, during which de Villiers brought up his half-century, before being caught by Virat Kohli at first slip off the bowling of Jadeja.

De Villiers’ fabulous knock of 74 came off 117 deliveries and included nine boundaries.

Kallis and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy kept the runs flowing with a 58-run partnership, during which Kallis registered his half-century, before Duminy was given out lbw off the bowling of Jadeja for 28.

Just an over after Duminy was dismissed, the heavens parted and the players had to leave the field.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires decided to end play early for the day. 

Kallis and Dale Steyn were only able to amass a one-run partnership before the rain came. 

Kallis finished on 78 off 224 balls, which included 10 boundaries, while Steyn has yet to score. 

Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers with four wickets, while Shami chipped in with one.

South Africa ended the day on 299/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 07:30 GMT.

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