Kallis cracks quick-fire century to complete set of tons against all Test-playing nations
Jacques Kallis made his first Test century against Sri Lanka – meaning he has now scored a hundred against every Test-playing nation – as South Africa took control of the decisive third Test on day one in Cape Town.
The all-rounder joined Alviro Petersen at the wicket with the score on 56 for two in the morning session, and the pair added an unbroken 180 to take their side to a commanding 236 for two by tea.
Petersen, who replaced Ashwell Prince in the starting line-up with Jacques Rudolph dropping down the order, was one run short of a century of his own as the tourists toiled having won the toss and put the Proteas in.
Raise your bat: Jacques Kallis celebrates after bringing up his hundred
Captain Graeme Smith set the tone early on with three boundaries before he was bowled by Dhammika Prasad for a quickfire 16.
Prasad then made another breakthrough to trap Hashim Amla lbw for 16 to leave South Africa in slight trouble on 56 for two, but Petersen struck six fours and a six in reaching his fourth Test half-century before lunch.
Kallis was 47 not out at that stage and reached his 56th Test fifty from 42 balls early in the afternoon session. He was on 59 by the time the century partnership came up – from just 113 balls – and survived an lbw referral shortly afterwards.
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The pair's stand passed their country's third-wicket record against Sri Lanka of 140 – previously held by Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs – and they pressed on to 150 shortly afterwards.
Anything on leg stump was punished particularly severely as both men closed on three figures and Kallis, who had gone beyond 70 at quicker than a run a ball, reached a 114-ball century by clipping Prasad through mid-wicket for two. He had hit 17 boundaries.
Petersen had been fortunate not to be run out in the previous over, when he was sent back after rashly setting off for a single which would have taken his partner to his hundred, and also narrowly missed a loose slash at Angelo Mathews off the last ball before tea as he remained 99 not out.
Ton up: Opener Alviro Petersen also compiled a century against Sri Lanka
Eye on the ball: Petersen (left) drives back past the bowler at Newlands