Kallis stands tall one more time
King Kallis settled the Castle Lager Proteas down one more time at Kingsmead on Saturday.
DURBAN - Jacques Kallis settled the Castle Lager Proteas down one more time during the third day of the second Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.
Following an opening stand of 103 between Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen in pursuit of India's first innings total of 334, the Proteas were rocked back on their heels by the loss of both these players as well as Hashim Amla for the addition of only 10 runs that saw them struggling at 113/3 on a pitch that was giving considerable assistance in the way of turn and bounce to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
In the end they would have been more than happy to finish the day on 299/5 before bad light and rain brought play to a halt an hour before the scheduled close.
This left them with a deficit of only 35 runs with Kallis still at the crease on 78 and Faf du Plessis, still to bat.
Kallis was involved in two good stands - 127 for the fourth wicket in 44 overs with AB de Villiers (74 off 117 balls) and 58 for the fifth wicket in 30 overs with JP Duminy (28 off 82 balls).
While Kallis and De Villiers were together the Proteas looked to be in cruise control.
Kallis twice walked down the wicket to hit Jadeja back over his head for boundaries to open up the field and make singles more readily available.
As always the dominant feature of his innings was his cover driving as well as his signature punch off the back foot square of the wicket.
The Indian side and the umpires, as well as his batting partner, Petersen, paid tribute to him by forming a guard of honour as he came out to bat, possibly for the last time in a Test match.