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IPL stars share 200-run stand as SA take control of 1st Test
By IPL desk
Dunedin 09 March 2012
IPL stars Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis put South Africa in command in the first Test of the three-match series being played against hosts New Zealand. Both Smith and Kallis hit centuries on Day 3 as South Africa were comfortably placed at 268 for the loss of three wickets at stumps.
After New Zealand were bowled out for 273 in the morning after taking a slender 35-run first innings lead, Smith led South Africa’s fightback with his 24th Test century. The South Africa opener, who will play for Pune Warriors India in IPL 2012, struck a 200-run stand for the third wicket with Kallis that helped the visitors recover from 47 for two to 247 for three.
Although Smith (115) eventually fell half-an-hour before the end of day’s play, Jacques Kallis went on to bring up his 42nd Test century and remained unbeaten on 107 when play ended. Kallis will turn out for Kolkata Knight Riders at IPL 2012.
The only positive on the day for the hosts was right-arm paceman Doug Bracewell picking up all three wickets that fell in the visitors’ second innings. Bracewell, who will turn out for Delhi Daredevils at IPL 2012, finished with figures of 18-2-53-3. He now has a match tally of five wickets.
Kallis will resume South Africa’s second innings on Day 4 in the company of Jacques Rudolph (13*) with the visitors enjoying an overall lead of 233 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Brief scores:South Africa 1st innings 238/10 in 68.2 overs (Hashim Amla 62, Graeme Smith 53, Chris Martin 4/56) and South Africa 2nd innings 268/3 in 89 overs (Graeme Smith 115, Jacques Kallis 107*, Doug Bracewell 3/53); New Zealand 1st innings 273/10 in 88.2 overs (Brendon McCullum 48, Vernon Philander 4/72)
Clint McKay, who will turn out for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2012, produced career-best performances with bat and ball to lead Australia to a 2-1 win in the CB Series finals. The hosts, benefitting from McKay’s display, went on to beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the last of three finals played at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia, who were put in to bat by Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, started well with Delhi Daredevils’ opener David Warner hitting a brisk 45-ball 48. However, paceman Farveez Maharoof and spinner Rangana Herath brought Sri Lanka right back into the contest, the duo picking up six wickets between them for just 76 runs in 20 overs. Batting at No. 9, McKay bettered his previous best ODI score of 25 by three runs to push Australia’s score to a fighting 231 all out in 50 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brett Lee, whose 54-ball 32 at No. 8 also played a big part in boosting the hosts’ total, put the visitors on the defensive with the early wickets of Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) and Kumar Sangakkara (19). McKay followed Lee and ripped through the Lankan order to finish with career-best ODI bowling figures of five for 28; McKay’s previous best ODI bowling display was five for 33. Lee eventually finished with three for 59 from his eight overs while Australia stand-in captain and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder, Shane Watson, chipped in with figures of two for 13 from seven overs. Sri Lanka, rattled by the opposition’s star performers, were bowled out for 215 in 48.5 overs.
While McKay was given the Man-of-the-Match award, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who finished as the leading run-getter of the competition with 513 runs from 11 innings, was given the Man-of-the-Series award.
Brief scores: Australia 231/10 in 49.3 overs (Matthew Wade 49, David Warner 48, Rangana Herath 3/36) beat Sri Lanka 215/10 in 48.5 overs (Upul Tharanga 71, Clint McKay 5/28, Brett Lee 3/59) by 16 runs