ST JOHNS Jacques Kallis became South Africas
leading Test scorer yesterday as his unbeaten 127 and his
unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 230 with Ashwell Prince
led their team to a commanding 525 for four at the end of
the second day of the final cricket test against the West
In his 93rd Test, Kallis reached 7,317 runs, surpassing
Gary Kirstens previous high of 7,289 runs.
Kallis reached his 22nd Test century, one better than Kirstens
21 that had been the most by a South African.
Taking advantage of inexperienced bowling, Kallis and Prince
restored South Africas powerful position, batting
through the final two sessions after the West Indies took
four wickets before lunch for the addition of 81 to South
Africas overnight 214 without loss.
Dominating play for almost six hours, Kallis faced 256 balls
with a six and 12 fours as his main scoring shots. It was
his second hundred of the series and his seventh in his
18 Tests against the West Indies.
Prince recovered from an uncertain start, when he was lucky
to be given not out at nine on a catch to wicket-keeper
Courtney Browne from off-spinner Chris Gayle, to bat with
His second hundred in his 12th Test lasted four hours and
35 minutes and 230 balls. It included a six and 12 fours.
After a barren first day on which it could not dislodge
South African openers Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, the
West Indies claimed four wickets before lunch.
De Villiers and Smith extended their partnership from the
overnight 214 to 245 before they were out in successive
overs. De Villiers went for 114 and Smith for 126.
Boeta Dippenaar was run out six runs later and the West
Indies completed an encouraging first session when Herschelle
Gibbs was dismissed by the ball before lunch, taken at 295
The West Indies cricketers missed their first chance to
dismiss de Villiers when Dwight Washington dropped a left-handed
return catch that would have given him his first Test wicket.
The error did not prove expensive. De Villiers added only
nine before he edged a leg-side catch to wicket-keeper Courtney
Browne off fast bowler Tino Best. His 114 was his second
hundred in succession, following his 178 in the third Test
in Barbados last week. It occupied 173 balls and included
a six and 13 fours.
In the next over, the left-handed Smith mistimed an on-drive
off fast bowler Daren Powell and chipped a catch to Washington
at mid-on. Smiths 126, his 11th test hundred and his
third in successive matches in the series, lasted 173 balls
and included 19 fours.
Three overs later, Dippenaar was run out for the second
time in his two innings in the series. He and Jacques Kallis
completed two runs from his on-drive off Best but, when
he attempting a third, Dippenaar was sent back by his partner.
He was well short of his ground when Best relayed Narsingh
Deonarines throw to Browne to complete the dismissal.
Kallis and Gibbs steadied the innings with a partnership
of 44. But three balls to lunch, Gibbs pushed forward carefully
to an off-break from Gayle and edged a catch to Deonarine
at short-leg off his pad.
Kallis and Prince were restricted, mainly by the steady
Gayle, to 42 runs off 21.3 overs in the first hour-and-a-half
of the second session.
Wayward bowling by Best and Powell with the second new ball
allowed them to break free and they were never in trouble
as they batted through to the close. (AP)
West Indies vs South Africa
South Africa, 1st innings:
(resumed at 214 without loss)
AB de Villiers c Browne b Best 114
G Smith c Washington b Powell 126
B Dippenaar run out 5
J Kallis not out 127
H Gibbs c Deonarine b Gayle 23
Ashwell Prince not out 114
Extras 12 (legbyes 2, wides 4, noballs 6)
TOTAL ( for four wickets) 525
Wkts at: 1-245 (deVilliers), 2-245 (Smith), 3-251 (Dippenaar).
Bowling: Powell 24-2-108-1 (noballs 1, wides 3). Best 23-4-99-1
(nb4). Washington 22-3-73-0. Bravo 22-4-80-0 (noballs 2,
wides 1). Gayle 31-11-65-1. Hinds 6-0-24-0. Deonarine 18-1-69-0.
Umpires: Bill Bowden (New Zealand),
Simon Taufel (Australia).
TV replay umpire: Basil Morgan
First Test, Georgetown, Guyana: Drawn.
Second Test, Trinidad: South Africa won by eight wickets.
Third Test, Bridgetown, Barbados: South Africa won by an
innings and 86 runs.