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Kallis keeps on going; Bhajji too

Jacques Kallis brought out his best while registering his 36th Test ton for South Africa as Pakistan found themselves in deep trouble chasing 451 for an improbable Test victory. There were other four centurions also in Test cricket worldwide - Kallis' partner Hashim Amla's 118; a breezy ton by Chris Gayle against Sri Lanka and another terrific back-to-back ton by Harbhajan Singh - India's latest "batting sensation" against New Zealand while Brendon McCullum hit another one for the Kiwis in the same Test at Hyderabad. Out of them, Harbhajan's was the one most entertaining as it came from the most unexpected corners - number 8 batsman in Test cricket but securing his second consecutive hundred in Test cricket - a feat which achieved first by the "Turbanator".

Jacques Kallis brought out his best while registering his 36th Test ton for South Africa as Pakistan found themselves in deep trouble chasing 451 for an improbable Test victory. There were other four centurions also in Test cricket worldwide - Kallis' partner Hashim Amla's 118; a breezy ton by Chris Gayle against Sri Lanka and another terrific back-to-back ton by Harbhajan Singh - India's latest "batting sensation" against New Zealand while Brendon McCullum hit another one for the Kiwis in the same Test at Hyderabad. Out of them, Harbhajan's was the one most entertaining as it came from the most unexpected corners - number 8 batsman in Test cricket but securing his second consecutive hundred in Test cricket - a feat which achieved first by the "Turbanator".

Surely Bhajji is making waves for his batting records, but perhaps the critics would have been pleased more had he made the right noises, i.e. for his bowling. He surely did in the Kiwis' first innings picking four valuable wickets. With Brendon McCullum's century keeping the Kiwis in their hunt for a draw in this Test match, MS Dhoni is looking forward to more fireworks from Bhajji - from his off-spins this time - to break the monotony of two drawn test matches on Indian soil. Dhoni is keener on Bhajji as India's another trump card in bowling, Zaheer Khan had to retire with an abdominal strain and may not be available to bowl with full zeal. The Kiwis, on the other hand, depended much on Ross Taylor. But the Royal Challenger is going through a very lean period in Test cricket and once again found wanting, bowled by Sreeshanth for 7. If Bhajji gets his bowling act together, then another Challenger Rahul Dravid may have to get busy chasing. Only if, Virendra Sehwag doesn't decide to finish off the game for India before Dravid gets his chance. However, Dravid is still waiting to reach another milestone - the first fielder (other than the wicket-keeper) to reach 200 Test catches. He is stranded at 198 for long now.

Far away, Jacques Kallis stealthily made his willow talk, thereby notching up his 36th Test ton with aplomb. Kallis was severe on the Pakistan bowlers on Day 4 today as he hammered 4 sixes on way to 136 and shared a 242-run unbroken partnership with Hashim Amla Only Ricky Ponting with 39 and the master Sachin Tendulkar with 49 centuries are ahead of him in Test tons, but Kallis adds more glitter to his numbers because of his ability to swing the ball and take wickets. He already has 266 Test scalps inside his pocket and the number keeps on increasing. One of the greatest all-rounders of the game indeed!

Royal Challenger Dale Steyn inflicted the first blow on Pakistan by picking Mohd Hafeez. But Steyn couldn't maintain the tempo as he fizzed out later in the day, as Pakistan finished Day 4 on 109/2 in their quest to reach 451 or to save wickets.

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Hope RD gets it tomorrow.
maddydravid on 16 Nov 2010, 10:24 AM
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