The Star Late Edition
PLAYS OF THE DAY AT NEWLANDS
Driving seat: Pick any one of several beautiful straight drives for four by Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen, or the blistering square-drive to the fence by AB de Villiers to open his account.
Close call 1: Kallis, on 99, drives, thinks about a run, but then sends Alviro Petersen back.
Mid-off fielder Chanaka Welegedera misses the stumps at the bowler’s end.
Close call 2: Petersen on 99, after
tea, plays to midwicket, starts then pulls out of a single.
Kallis, dashing back to the bowler’s end, just beats the throw which shatters the stumps.
Wrong call: Tillakaratne Dilshan opts to field on winning the toss.
Super stat: Jacques Kallis’ 41st Test century gives him a full set against the other nine Test playing countries.
It also improves his Test run tally at Newlands to 2 033, making him just the third player to pass 2 000 Test runs at a single ground.
His tally at Newlands is second highest of all time, behind Mahela Jayawardene’s 2 697 runs at the SSC in Colombo.
Former England skipper and opening batsman Graham Gooch is the other man over 2 000 runs at one venue with 2 015 at the home of cricket, Lord’s.
Risky business: Petersen, on 99, unleashes an aggressive cut shot off the last ball before tea, from Angelo Mathews. He misses, survives, and continues to thrive.
Super starter: Dammika Prasad picks up the wicket of Graeme Smith with his first ball of the day, and then Hashim Amla in his fifth over ... two of the very few highlights on a day the Sri Lankan team will soon want to forget.
Watching his mouth: First-class cricket is important ... but I don't want to put too much emphasis on it.
Just now they send me back there. (Alviro Petersen after his century on recall to the Test side)