Amla and Kallis power Proteas into winning position

Updated: July 23, 2012


Hashim Amla laid down the law and the bowlers then made his effort with the bat count as they reduced England to 102 for four at stumps on the fourth day of the first test at the Oval in London on Sunday.

It has been many a year since South Africa had such a memorable day on the cricket field, with Amla scoring their first test triple century and ending on a magnificent 311 not out and Jacques Kallis making 182 not out, to add to skipper Graeme Smith’s hundred in his 100th test.

South Africa’s bowlers then backed up the extraordinary efforts of their top-order as each of them claimed a wicket to leave the visitors in sight of their first victory at the Oval in 105 years of trying.

England 385 and 102 for 4 (Bell 14*, Bopara 15*) trail South Africa 637 for 2 dec (Amla 311*, Kallis 182*) lead by 150 runs