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IPL desk in Dunedin 09 March 2012 - 12:18pm IST

Smith, Kallis hit centuries

IPL stars share 200-run stand as SA take control of 1st Test

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)

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