Tuesday 17 October 2017

Kallis signs off in style

Jacques Kallis of South Africa celebrates his 45th century in his final test match
Jacques Kallis of South Africa celebrates his 45th century in his final test match

Jacques Kallis bade farewell to Test cricket in style with a century for South Africa on day four of their second match against India in Durban.

Kallis announced on Christmas Day that he would bring down the curtain on his Test career after this game and was given a guard of honour as he walked to the crease on Saturday morning.

And almost 24 hours later, the all-rounder brought up his 45th Test ton, off 273 balls with 13 fours.

That left the hosts 342-5 in reply to India's first-innings total of 334. Kallis eventually fell for 115, but Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis put on 110 for the eighth wicket to help the hosts reach 500, a lead of 166 runs.

India reached the close on 68-2, 98 runs behind, to leave themselves with eight wickets in hand to bat out the final day and earn a draw.

Earlier, when Kallis brought up his ton, all of the Indian team applauded the man who at the time was the fourth-highest run-scorer in Test history.

Dale Steyn continued to find the boundary as Kallis made calmer progress and, with a single off the final ball of the 132nd over, the latter overtook Rahul Dravid to move to third on the scorers list with 13,289 runs to his name.

He fell just three balls later, however, as he top-edged a Jadeja delivery into the gloves of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The 38-year-old exited to rapturous applause as his team-mates came to greet him on his way back to the pavilion.

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