India battling after Kallis's farewell century

Published: Monday | December 30, 2013 Comments 0

DURBAN, South Africa (AP):

A farewell century for South Africa from Jacques Kallis and a thumping half-century by tailender Robin Peterson left India battling to save the second Test and the series at Kingsmead yesterday.

Kallis signed off before retiring from Tests with 115 and a 45th career century to go third on the list of all-time run-scorers - all at the ground where he made his debut 18 years ago.

"It's strange walking out to bat knowing that there is no tomorrow and it will be your last opportunity to get a 100 for your country," the 38-year-old Kallis said.

Seizing the momentum after Kallis departed to be hugged by nearly all his teammates, Peterson hit nine fours and a switch-hit for six in his lively 61 off 52 balls and South Africa were 500 all out in their first innings for a lead of 166.

India defended grimly to battle to 68-2 in their second innings at stumps, 98 behind, with Cheteshwar Pujara facing 90 balls for his 32 not out. South Africa backed up their batting with the wickets late in the day of openers Murali Vijay for six and Shikhar Dhawan for an 87-ball 19 to a leaping one-handed catch by Faf du Plessis.

"That was a brilliant catch," India fielding coach Trevor Penney said. "Those sorts of things change games, don't they? We're just going to have to really dig deep and fight the (last) day out."

EMOTIONAL INNINGS

Du Plessis' late acrobatic grab threatened to steal the limelight from the retiring Kallis, whose 115 moved him ahead of India's Rahul Dravid in Test cricket's all-time leading run-scorers - by just a single run.

He went to three figures with a nudge to mid-on and celebrated by removing his helmet and lifting both arms in the air as he faced the team dressing room. He was out to spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who had a career-best 6-138 for India.

"With 20 runs to go to 100, I think all the boys were playing the innings with him," Peterson said. "The guys were pretty emotional, especially the guys who have played with him for a long time."

Kallis's century also made him the third-highest run-getter in Tests behind India's Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting.

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