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Stats Highlights: SA v Ind, 2nd Test, Day 4

Kallis eclipses Dravid’s tally in final Test

Jacques Kallis (115) became the fourth South African to score a 100 in his last Test, after Pieter van der Bijl, Lee Irvine and Barry Richards.

Kallis is also the first batsman since 2007-08 to score a ton in his last Test – Phil Jaques made 108 against West Indies at Bridgetown back in 2007-08.

Just before he got out, Jacques Kallis managed to surpass Rahul Dravid’s run aggregate (13,288) to clinch the third spot on the list of leading run-scorers in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Ricky Ponting (13,378).

Ravindra Jadeja (6/138) returned his best figures in Test cricket, surpassing 5/58 against Australia at Delhi in March this year.

Ravindra Jadeja has now taken 33 wickets in six Tests. Only Narendra Hirwani (39) had taken more wickets in his first six Tests for India.

Jadeja became the first Indian left-arm spinner to take a five-wicket innings haul outside the subcontinent since Dilip Doshi who took 6/102 against England at Manchester in 1982.

Jadeja has now taken 83 wickets in all international cricket in 2013 – most by an Indian. He went past R Ashwin’s tally of 81 wickets. Only Saeed Ajmal (109) has taken more wickets than Jadeja this year (Stuart Broad also has a tally of 83 wickets).

Zaheer Khan’s wicket of Dale Steyn was his 600th in international cricket. At the end of the South African innings, Zaheer’s tally stands at 601 (302 in Tests, 282 in ODIs and 17 in T20Is). He is the fourth Indian to claim 600 wickets in international cricket, after Anil Kumble (956), Harbhajan Singh (694) and Kapil Dev (687).

The 110-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson is the highest 8th wicket partnership at Kingsmead, Durban. Pravin Amre and Kiran More had added 101 in 1992-93. South Africa’s previous highest stand for this wicket here was 95 between Nummy Deane and Buster Nupen against England in 1927-28.

The run-rate in the above partnership was 6.11 (runs per over). As per the available information, this is the third-highest run-rate in a century stand against India. Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal scored at 7.90 during their partnership of 170 runs at Lahore in 2005-06. Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist’s partnership of 197 runs at Mumbai in 2000-01 had a run-rate of 6.12

South Africa’s total of 500 is the highest at Durban in South Africa-India Tests. India’s 334 in the first innings was the previous highest.

The 58.2 overs bowled by Jadeja are the most by an Indian bowler in an innings in South Africa. Anil Kumble had bowled 51 overs in the first innings of the Cape Town Test in 1996-97.

Rajneesh Gupta

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Report: SA vs Ind – 2nd Test, Day 4

Centurion Kallis puts hosts on top in his final Test

With a patiently compiled 115 in his last Test, Jacques Kallis helped South Africa to 500 in the first innings. India were trailing by 98 runs with eight wickets with Cheteshwar Pujara (32*) and Virat Kohli (11*) in the middle when bad light once again ended the day’s play. While Kallis had played a vital knock for the hosts, Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial role for India. Bowling tirelessly, the left-arm spinner, who was the most economical of the Indian bowlers, returned with a six-wicket haul in the innings.

Kallis was the center of all attention on the fourth morning. As King Kallis resumed his innings on the overnight score of 78, the spectators waited with bated breath for him to reach the three-figure mark one last time in Tests. And the all-rounder obliged. Soon after they had overcome the overnight 35-run deficit, Kallis brought up his 45th Test ton with a single to mid-on off Jadeja.

En route to joining the elite club of batsmen to score a century in their final Test, the 38-year-old entertained with some elegant strokes and boundaries.

While South Africa continued to slowly add to their lead, Kallis overtook Rahul Dravid on the list of leading Test run-getters to claim the No.3 spot. But soon after, he swept Jadeja from outside off-stump and was caught by MS Dhoni. The wicket ended the Kallis-Steyn partnership for 86.

Two overs later, Zaheer sent back Steyn to claim his first wicket of the innings. But Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson took South Africa to 395 for seven at lunch.

India continued with the old ball in the second session after a light drizzle delayed the start by 15 minutes. Peterson led the charge as the pair siphoned runs off the Indian attack. He helped claim 12 runs off Zaheer to kick start the session. And du Plessis followed suit. He hit Jadeja over mid-on for another boundary. With Zaheer conceding runs, Ishant Sharma replaced the senior pacer and but met with similar treatment from Peterson. The left-hand bat drove him through covers for a boundary, while helping collect 12 more off the over.

And while India finally took the new ball in the 147th over, the Proteas continued to pilfer runs. Mohammed Shami was clobbered for 13. With the new ball in hand, Jadeja was finally relieved of his bowling duties after a spell that read 25-8-53-2.

The hosts built on the lead effortlessly. Peterson lofted Zaheer over mid-off to race to his half-century off 44 balls. He also struck Rohit Sharma for a six before his cameo came to an end in the next over. Taking the aerial route, he was caught by Murali Vijay for 61 off Zaheer. However, rain again forced the players to return to the shade of the dressing room thereafter. This interruption also extended into tea.

When play resumed in the third session with SA on 497 for eight, Vernon Philander came out to the middle with du Plessis. And three runs later, after SA reached 500, a direct hit by Rohit ran out du Plessis at the non-striker’s end for 43. And in the next over Jadeja, returning into the attack, took a brilliant return catch diving to his right to claim Morne Morkel and end the hosts’ innings. Bowled out in the last session, SA had secured a 166-run lead.

Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay then took guard under the overcast conditions. And with just eight runs on the board, Vijay nicked Philander to first slip. The pacer continued to ask questions off the Indian batsmen, just as he has done so far this series.

The pace trio – Steyn, Philander and Morkel – kept India on a tight leash. Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara plucked the odd boundary as they grafted runs off the South African attack. While 12 runs came off Peterson’s first three overs, the rest the rest of the bowlers were more miserly. They had dropped anchor and stitched a partnership, which came to an abrupt end for 45. du Plessis at short mid-wicket leapt in the air and pulled off a one-handed catch to send back Dhawan, who had worked his way to 19 off 87 balls.

Kohli then joined Pujara in the middle to take India to 68 for two at stumps.

Prajakta Pawar

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