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RUN MACHINE: Jacques Kallis celebrates after scoring his second century of the match.
RUN MACHINE: Jacques Kallis celebrates after scoring his second century of the match.

Jacques Kallis scores another century

KARACHI: Younis Khan smashed an unbeaten 93 on Thursday to give Pakistan hope of chasing down a huge fourth innings target in the first cricket Test against South Africa.

Set a target of 424 to win in four sessions, Pakistan moved to 146 for three by stumps on the fourth day, thanks to Younis’s aggressive batting which included 14 boundaries.

The host requires a further 278 runs in a minimum of 90 overs here — a venue where it has lost just one out of 39 Tests it played.

No team in Test history has successfully chased such a large fourth innings target. West Indies holds the record of the highest-ever chase when it defeated Australia at Antigua in 2003 by scoring 418 runs.

South Africa declared its second innings at 264 for seven at tea, shortly after Jacques Kallis completed his second century of the match, and then made early inroads into the Pakistan innings.

Paceman Dale Steyn (two for 44) removed the openers cheaply before Faisal Iqbal (44) and Younis joined in a 114-run partnership off 145 balls. Left-arm spinner Paul Harris got the much needed breakthrough 21 balls before stumps when Faisal gloved an easy catch and departed after hitting eight boundaries.

On song

Younis raced to a run-a-ball half-century with eight boundaries. He then scored successive boundaries off reverse sweeps before hoisting captain Graeme Smith for a big six in the same over.

Earlier, Kallis became the first South African since Gary Kirsten in 1996 to score a century in both innings of a Test. The only other South Africans to do so are Alan Melville and Bruce Mitchell, both against England in 1947. South Africa resumed at its overnight 76 for three and Kallis and Ashwell Prince (45) took the total to 131 before Pakistan got two breakthroughs in the space of seven deliveries just before lunch.

They added 88 runs before Prince dragged on Danish Kaneria’s delivery that pitched on the rough, bounced and hit the top of the off stump.

A.B. de Villiers was then baffled by Rehman’s sharp turning delivery which clipped the off-stump as the right-hander tried to play an on drive and missed the line of the ball. Kallis hit just four boundaries in his 201-ball innings that lasted nearly five hours. After the loss of Prince and de Villiers, he got able late support from Andre Nel (33) and Mark Boucher (29) with whom he shared half-century partnerships.

Rehman added four more wickets to his first innings haul of four for 105 to end up with eight wickets in the Test.

Meanwhile, the South African selectors have named Vernon Philander to replace the injured Morne Morkel in the squad. — Agencies

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