Kallis, Smith make merry

JOHANNESBURG NOV. 9. Another marathon innings by Jacques Kallis on Saturday guided South Africa to 378 for seven wickets at the close on the second day of the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka.

Kallis, widely hailed as the world's best all-rounder, ground out a hard-fought, unbeaten 75 to put South Africa 186 runs ahead of Sri Lanka. He scored his half-century off 119 balls in 174 minutes, an indication of how difficult batting is on the Wanderers Stadium pitch.

And the agony is not yet over for the visitor, with Andrew Hall undefeated on a sprightly 31 and looking as if he relishes the thought of taking some more runs off a tiring bowling attack.

The Sri Lankans' woes were exacerbated when, before tea, opening bowler Richira Perera was removed from the attack by Australian umpire Darryl Harper for running onto the pitch in his follow-through. It was in the 55th over of the innings, and he may not bowl again in the innings.

Only one wicket fell in the final session of the day, as South African captain Shaun Pollock edged a delivery from the hapless Dilhara Fernando — who has bowled 17 no balls in a massive total of 62 extras.

Before the tea break, Sri Lanka looked like getting back into the match as South Africa's middle order collapsed, leaving the home side on 249 for six wickets.

Chaminda Vaas and Hasantha Fernando were the bowlers to do the damage immediately after the lunch break.

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