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South Africa chasing 454 for victory

SOUTH Africa openers Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie both reached 28 not out at tea yesterday on the fourth day of the first test against Australia, with the Proteas chasing 454 for victory on 57 without loss.

Australia was dismissed for 207 shortly after lunch in its second innings in Johannesburg.

Jacques Kallis led South Africa's comeback as Australia lost eight wickets for 123 runs in the pre-lunch session. Australia led by 246 runs on the first innings.

Kallis dismissed Ricky Ponting (25) and Michael Hussey (0) off successive balls in the 10th over.

Ponting pulled the big South African all-rounder to deep square-leg, and Hussey's attempted pull shot was top-edged toward the square-leg umpire, where Makhaya Ntini held the catch.

Three wickets fell with the score on 99, in the space of four balls. Two deliveries after Hussey was out, Michael Clarke (0) was brilliantly held by Kallis at slip to give spinner Paul Harris his first wicket.

In Kallis' next over, he bowled first innings century-maker Marcus North for five, and four Australians had fallen in 13 balls.

The next batsman to go was opener Phillip Hughes (75). It took a special catch from A.B. de Villiers at leg-slip to complete the dismissal. He dived to his left and grabbed an inside edge from Hughes one-handed.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was caught behind for 37, off Ntini, who finished the session with 3-29. Kallis had 3-22 at lunch, with Harris having claimed 2-36.

In Lahore, Pakistan, Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera struck centuries to lead Sri Lanka to 317 for four on the first day of the second test yesterday.

Pakistan ended their stand of 204 with the second new ball when Sangakkara was caught behind for 104 off Yasir Arafat but Samaraweera was unbeaten on 133 when bad light ended play 3.2 overs early.

Both had letoffs after reaching their fifties and they made Pakistan pay for its decision to field first.

Seamer Umar Gul made early inroads, removing openers Malinda Warnapura (8) and Tharanga Paranavitana (21) and ending a 61-run stand between Sangakkara and captain Mahela Jayawardene (30) to leave the visitors on 96 for three.


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