Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
29 Dec 2013
2:38 pm

Peterson, Du Plessis pick up the pace

Wesley Botton

Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis punished India's bowling attack with a superb cameo partnership as South Africa drew well clear on day four of the second Test against India at Kingsmead on Sunday.

Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis punished India’s bowling attack with a superb cameo partnership as South Africa drew well clear on day four of the second Test against India at Kingsmead on Sunday.

The duo shared a quickfire 110-run stand for the eighth wicket to give the hosts a 163-run lead, and they were on 497/8 when rain stopped play shortly before tea, with the umpires calling an early interval ahead of the final session.

Peterson smashed 61 runs off 52 balls, with nine fours and a six, but he tried to go big again in an effort to stretch the advantage and he was caught by Murali Vijay after contributing his third career half-century.

Du Plessis was unbeaten on 41 when the umpires sent the players off after Peterson’s dismissal.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis had every member of a sparse crowd on their feet as he reached his 45th career century in his final Test match.

The veteran all-rounder compiled a typically patient ton as the Proteas took firm control of the deciding match of the two-Test series.

He was at the crease for more than six hours overnight, facing 316 deliveries for his 115 runs, with 13 boundaries.

However, three balls after overhauling retired Indian batsman Rahul Dravid as the third-highest scorer in Test cricket, with 13 289 runs, he got a thick top edge off spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja, who led the Indian attack with a five-wicket haul, as wicketkeeper MS Dhoni took a sitter.

Three overs later, Khan had night watchman Dale Steyn, who shared 86 runs for the sixth wicket with Kallis, caught behind for 44 runs shortly before lunch.