Kallis to the rescue

Shares a 205-run record partnership with recalled opener Petersen

Written by Associated Press | Cape Town | Published:January 4, 2012 12:07 am

Jacques Kallis hit 159 not out in his 150th Test on Tuesday to guide South Africa to 347-3 against Sri Lanka at stumps on day one of the series decider at Newlands. Kallis marked the milestone match at his home ground with a 41st Test hundred and shared a 205-run partnership with Alviro Petersen (109).

Kallis attacked from the start to boost South Africa’s hopes of a first home series win since 2008. The 36-year-old right-hander took just 42 balls to reach 50 and 114 balls for his century. He hit 21 fours and a six in all as Sri Lanka was made to pay for its decision to send South Africa in to bat on a true pitch in Cape Town.

“We were surprised,” Petersen said of Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan’s call. “The wicket looked like it was quite dry and we wanted to bat first anyway. We were quite surprised when they put us into bat. The team with runs on the board can put pressure on the opposition.”

Dhammika Prasad had 2-85 for Sri Lanka’s beleaguered bowlers,while Chanaka Welegedara dismissed Petersen for his 1-75,but Kallis then combined with AB de Villiers (45 not out) for an unbroken 86-run stand in the late afternoon.

Kallis celebrated becoming the sixth man to play 150 Tests with a century just before tea and Petersen reached 100 early in the final session as South Africa capitalized after being given the chance to bat first.

Prasad marked his first match on tour with a wicket off his first ball when South Africa captain Graeme Smith played on for 16. Prasad also had Hashim Amla (16) out lbw to leave South Africa on 56-2.

But Petersen and Kallis responded with a record partnership for South Africa against Sri Lanka overtaking the 165-run stand between Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Hall.

Brief scores: South Africa 347/3 in 90 overs (J Kallis batting 159,A. Petersen 109,D Prasad 2/85)

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