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Amla keeps South African hopes alive

Hashim Amla scored his first Test half century as SA reached 155-2 when bad light brought an early end to the third day's play in the second Test.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 21:48 IST

Hashim Amla scored his first Test half century as South Africa reached 155-2 when bad light brought an early end to the third day's play in the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Attempting to avoid the follow on after New Zealand declared on 593-8 earlier in the day, South Africa trail the visitors by 438 runs.

The home side leads the three-match series 1-0. Amla reached his 50 with two boundaries off spinner Jeetan Patel to remain unbeaten at the close. He faced 146 balls and hit six fours in all.

Also not out at the close was Jacques Kallis on 25 after he and Amla had put on 47 for the third wicket.

Amla shared a 72-run, second-wicket partnership with Boeta Dippenaar, who reached 47 before he tried to cut a delivery from Patel and was bowled.

Debutant Patel had already made an immediate impact when New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming brought him into the attack in the 13th over of the innings.

In Patel's first over, South Africa captain and opener Graeme Smith tried to work the ball to the on side and spooned a catch straight back to the bowler to be dismissed for 25.

"I couldn't have asked for a more important wicket to take for my first in tests," Patel said.

Amla, whose previous best was 25 against England in 2005, was troubled by the pace of James Franklin.

Franklin had earlier scored his first test century to help New Zealand reach its total. He added 29 to his overnight score to move to 122 not out at the declaration.

With New Zealand captain Fleming out last ball Friday to leave his side at 535-8, Franklin was joined at the crease by Patel. Patel contributed an undefeated 27 in a 58-run, ninth-wicket partnership as the pair batted for 13 overs before the declaration.

Fleming scored a double century and shared in a 256-run partnership with Franklin.

"It was tough to sit with the pads on all day yesterday," Patel said. "I enjoyed myself when I got on the park today."

Scoreboard:

New Zealand 1st Innings(Overnight 535-8): Michael Papps b Nel 22, Peter Fulton c Boucher b Steyn 36, Stephen Fleming b Prince 262, Scott Styris c Dippenaar b Ntini 11, Nathan Astle lbw Ntini 50, Jacob Oram run out (Prince) 13, Brendon McCullum lbw Ntini 5, Daniel Vettori c Nel b Ntini 11, James Franklin not out 122, Jeetan Patel not out 27, Extras: (b-3, lb-15, w-1, nb-15) 34, Total: (for eight wickets, declared in 165 overs): 593.

Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-62, 3-82, 4-188, 5-237, 6-259, 7-279, 8-535.

Bowling: Makhaya Ntini 43-5-162-4, Dale Steyn 31-4-114-1, Andre Nel 27-3-98-1, Jacques Kallis 15-4-45-0, Nicky Boje 29-4-89-0, Graeme Smith 17-2-61-0, Hashim Amla 1-0-4-0, Ashwell Prince 2-0-2-1.

South Africa 1st innings: G Smith c&b Patel 25, B Dippenaar b Patel 47, H Amla not out 50, J Kallis not out 25, Extras: (b-8) 8, Total: (for 2 wkts, 61.5 overs) 155.

Fall of wkts: 1-36, 2-108.

Bowling: Martin 7-3-19-0, Franklin 10-2-22-0, Vettori 21-3-40-0, Patel 20.5-4-58-2, Styris 3-0-8-0.