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DURBAN---A farewell century for South
Africa from Jacques Kallis and a thumping
half-century by tailender Robin Peterson left
India battling to save the second Test and
the series at Kingsmead yesterday.
Kallis signed off before retiring from tests
with 115 and a 45th career century to go third
on the list of all-time run-scorers---all at the
ground where he made his debut 18 years ago.
"It s strange walking out to bat knowing
that there is no tomorrow and it will be your
last opportunity to get a 100 for your country,"
the 38-year-old Kallis said.
Seizing the momentum after Kallis departed
to be hugged by nearly all his teammates,
Peterson hit nine fours and a switch-hit for
six in his lively 61 off 52 balls and South Africa
was 500 all out in its first innings for a lead
India defended grimly to battle to 68-2 in
its second innings at stumps, 98 behind with
Cheteshwar Pujara facing 90 balls for his 32
not out. South Africa backed up its batting
with the wickets late in the day of openers
Murali Vijay for six and Shikhar Dhawan for
an 87-ball 19 to a leaping one-handed catch
by Faf du Plessis.
"That was a brilliant catch," India fielding
coach Trevor Penney said. "Those sorts of
things change games, don t they? We re just
going to have to really dig deep and fight the
(last) day out."
Du Plessis late acrobatic grab threatened
to steal the limelight from the retiring Kallis,
who completed his century in the morning
for an emotional goodbye to the long format
for South Africa s most successful batsman
ever. His 115 also moved him ahead of India s
Rahul Dravid in test cricket s all-time leading
run-scorers---by just a single run.
With an expectant crowd, Kallis went to
three figures with a nudge to mid-on and cel-
ebrated by removing his helmet and lifting
both arms in the air as he faced the team
dressing room. He was out to spinner Ravindra
Jadeja, who had a career-best 6-138 for India.
As Kallis walked off waving his bat to the
crowd, members of the South African team
came out of the dressing room and down the
stairs toward the field to hug him one by one.
Captain Graeme Smith kissed the allrounder
on the side of the head and then carried Kallis
bat and gloves into the changing room.
"With 20 runs to go to 100, I think all the
boys were playing the innings with him," Peter-
son said. "The guys were pretty emotional,
especially the guys who have played with him
for a long time."
Kallis century also made him the third-
highest run-getter in tests behind India s
Sachin Tendulkar and Australia s Ricky Ponting.
He needed exactly 115 in his last test to overtake
Peterson shared a stroke-filled 110-run stand
with Du Plessis (43) as South Africa scored
quickly in an attempt to give itself a chance
of a victory with time running out in Kallis
166th and final test. Peterson unleashed a
flurry of boundaries against the new ball after
lunch, and Du Plessis also chipped in with
four fours before he was run out for 43 by a
direct hit from Rohit Sharma.
South Africa s bowlers broke through in
India s second innings when Vernon Philander
removed first-innings top-scorer Vijay. Du
Plessis superb catch at short mid-wicket sent
Dhawan back less than ten overs before the
close and gave South Africa renewed vigour
ahead of the final day of a Test that s been
stopped periodically for weather delays.
"I think we ve lost a lot of time in the game
but I think there s definitely a result deck in
there for us," Peterson said.
Top-ranked South Africa first took charge
of the series-decider against No 2 India with
Kallis anchoring innings at the same ground
in Durban where he started as a 20-year-old
prodigy in 1995.
After South Africa slipped to 113-3, he had
successive partnerships of 127 with AB de Vil-
liers (74) and 58 with JP Duminy on day three,
and a stand of 86 yesterday with nightwatch-
man Dale Steyn, who made 44.
Straight after passing Dravid and going to
13,289 career test runs, Kallis attempted a big
heave to the legside off Jadeja and top-edged
to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He
faced 316 balls over six hours and hit 13 fours.
Kallis announced on Christmas Day that it
would be his final Test, taking many by surprise
to end the career of one of cricket s outstanding
allrounders. He will remain available for lim-
ited-overs internationals in an attempt at a
final swansong at the 2015 World Cup.
LONDON---Arsenal midfielder Mesut
Ozil is facing a short spell on the side-
lines after injuring his shoulder.
The German missed yesterday s 1-0
victory over Newcastle in the Premier
League after hurting his shoulder
during the win over West Ham on
Thursday. Manager Arsene Wenger
said he expects Ozil to miss Wednes-
day s game against Cardiff, but that
he should return early next month.
Wenger says "it is an inflamed
shoulder. It should be maybe one
more week, maybe less. I don t know,
but not a long time."
Arsenal was already without Aaron
Ramsey, who has a thigh problem,
while Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho
Monreal missed yesterday s match
with illness. (AP)
Arsenal's Ozil out til January with shoulder injury
South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis waves his bat as he salutes the fans after being
dismissed for 115 runs on the fourth day of their cricket Test match against India at Kingsmead
stadium, Durban, South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
...as SA's Kallis says goodbye with century SCOREBOARD
South Africa vs India
India 1st Inns: 334
South Africa 1st Inns (o/n: 299-5)
GraemeSmithcDhawanbJadeja . . . . . . .47
AlviroPetersencVijaybJadeja . . . . . . . . . .62
JacquesKalliscDhonibJadeja . . . . . . . . .115
ABdeVillierscKohlibJadeja . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Faf du Plessis run out (Rohit Sharma) . . .43
RobinPetersoncVijaybKhan . . . . . . . . . . .61
Fall of wickets: 1-103, 2-113, 3-113, 4-240, 5-
298, 6-384, 7-387, 8-497, 9-500.
Bowling: Zaheer Khan 28-4-97-2,
Mohammed Shami 27-2-104-1, Ishant
Sharma 31-7-114-0, Ravindra Jadeja 58.2-15-
138-6, Rohit Sharma 11-1-29-0.
India 2nd Inns
Shikhar Dhawan c Du Plessis b Peterson 19
MuraliVijaycSmithbPhilander . . . . . . . . . .6
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-53.
Bowling: Dale Steyn 7-5-5-0, Vernon
Philander 6-2-9-1, Morne Morkel 6-2-11-0,
Robin Peterson 9-2-23-1, JP Duminy 8-2-20-
Toss: won by India.
Series: two-match series level at 0-0.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and Rod
TV Umpire: Adrian Holdstock, South Africa.
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.
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