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Kallis is King! Can India rise above?

King Kallis was at his best again when many had written off a South African resurgence at Newlands as Harbhajan Singh came menacing down the neck of the Proteas middle order during the first session of day 4 in the deciding test. But Kallis stood like a rock, endured body blows and pain, to notch up his second century in the Test and 40th overall to take South Africa to a safer position, if not a winning one against India. His unbeaten 109, against all odds speaks volumes about his experience and his resolute character as a batsmen enabling South Africa to reach a commanding total of 341 in the second innings, a much happier total considering they were tottering at 130/6 at one point.

King Kallis was at his best again when many had written off a South African resurgence at Newlands as Harbhajan Singh came menacing down the neck of the Proteas middle order during the first session of day 4 in the deciding test. But Kallis stood like a rock, endured body blows and pain, to notch up his second century in the Test and 40th overall to take South Africa to a safer position, if not a winning one against India. His unbeaten 109, against all odds speaks volumes about his experience and his resolute character as a batsmen enabling South Africa to reach a commanding total of 341 in the second innings, a much happier total considering they were tottering at 130/6 at one point.

The wicket turned into a kind of a sand pit at one end which became Harbhajan's spot in the morning session. With amazing precision and alacrity, Harbhajan found his spots repeatedly and the wickets to leave South Africa wobbling at 121/5 at lunch. Breathing down the neck, India sensed the Proteas' vulnerability and was hoping to tie them up within 250 which would have proved to be an easy bait to chase and win the decisive test and the series.

In came Kallis and played a resolute innings. He cajoled with the tailenders and pushed the team score to beyond 300 while completing his second century in the match in the process. It's only the sixth instance of a South African batsman scoring a hundred in each innings in Tests. But Kallis became the only one to do it twice - he had earlier scored 155 and 100* in Karachi in 2007 against Pakistan.

India now needs 340 to win this series on the fifth day to win this one - a tall order by any means, but not impossible at all. Can India find a Kallis in their ranks on day 5?

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