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Fri Apr 25 02:00:28 SAST 2014

Kallis reaches his second double century

Sapa | 04 January, 2012 12:100 Comments
Jacques Kallis of South Africa on his way to his 150 during day 1 of the 3rd Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at Sahara Park Newlands on January 03, 2012 in Cape Town
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images/Getty Images

All-rounder Jacques Kallis celebrated his milestone 150th Test with his second career double-century in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old had waited 143 matches before finally stroking his maiden double-ton, making an unbeaten 201 against India in Centurion a little over a year ago.

It took only another seven matches, however, to add his second as he reached the 200-run mark off 280 balls in the first innings of the third and deciding Test against Sri Lanka.

Kallis was given two lives by the tourists on the way to his career-best effort.

The veteran all-rounder was saved by Chanaka Welegedara, who wasted a sitter fielding at fine leg, which he did not see and bounced just in front of him when the batsman was on one, and he was dropped by Mahela Jayawardene in the slips on 171.

He was given another half-chance by Jayawardene as he edged one through first slip when he was on 183.

Jayawardene, at second slip, dived full length to his left and was only able to get his fingertips to the ball as it raced away for four.

Kallis’ score is the highest by a South African against Sri Lanka after Gary Kirsten, now the Proteas head coach, made 180 in Durban in December 2000.

Reaching his second double-ton, he had made 12,237 runs in his 16-year Test career, at an average of 57.18, including 41 hundreds and 55 half-centuries.

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