Kallis, Amla hit tons to decimate India

first_imgSouth Africa batsmen toyed with India bowlers, making a mockery of their numero uno Test rank at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.South Africa’s Hashim Amla plays one down the leg side as India’s skipper M.S. Dhoni looks on in Centurion on Friday. Photo by APUnlike first day’s play, Friday’s game was dominated by batsmen. And much to India’s despair, all of them came from the Protea camp. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis hit unbeaten tons to help the hosts put 366/2 on board.The duo put on 200 for the third wicket batting together for more than two hours only to head back when play was called off.Just two wickets fell on the day and both came off experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s bowling.In the absence of paceman Zaheer Khan, who is out nursing his hamstring injury, India’s bowling department lacked the kill.The medium pacers – Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth and debutant Jaidev Unadkat were helpless in the face of a clinical South Africans.Sachin Tendulkar, with his unconventional bowling too could not do much for the team’s cause and so did Suresh Raina, who took to bowling in a bid to offset the opposition batting.South Africa’s Jacques Kallis plays one to the deep as India’s captain M.S. Dhoni looks on in Centurion on Friday. Photo by APThe only bright spot was the presence of Harbhajan Singh who on two occasions lifted India’s spirits.First, he broke skipper Graeme Smith and Petersen’s partnership at the stroke of lunch claiming the skipper on 62 and then deep into the second session got rid of the other opener Alviro Petersen on 77.advertisementThe match started half-an-hour early to make up for the lost time on Thursday. And no sooner did it start that India skipper M.S. Dhoni, who was at the crease with last man Unadkat, was seen walking back to Morkel’s delight.Morkel completed his five-wicket haul and India their batting, all out on 136.last_img