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Smith, Kallis bat South Africa to a 233-run lead vs New Zealand

cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2012 11:09 IST

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Graeme Smith made 115 and Jacques Kallis and unbeaten 107 in a 200-run partnership that wrested control of the first cricket test from New Zealand on Friday.


South Africa was 268-3 at stumps on the third day with a lead of 233 runs.

Smith's 23rd test century and Kallis's 42nd led South Africa from crisis to comfort, allowing the Proteas to break a deadlock that had existed for most of the first two days.

South Africa trailed by 35 runs after the first innings and was 47-2, leading by only 12 runs, when veterans Smith and Kallis came together on Friday morning. They stayed together for the next two and a half sessions and by stumps had ensured the Proteas were the only team still with a winning chance.