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Kallis scores consecutive tons and says T20 break was a big help

Younis Kahn’s potent bat gives Pakistan a glimmer of hope.

Jacques Kallis, after scoring his second century in a single Test, yesterday admitted that not playing in the Twenty20 World Cup had probably helped his game.

The South African allrounder followed up his first-innings 155 against Pakistan in Karachi with an unbeaten 100 in the second innings of the first Test yesterday at the National stadium.

His second century of the match enabled the Proteas to declare at 264/7, putting Pakistan under immediate pressure to make 424 to win the Test. If successful, it would be the highest fourth-innings total ever to win a Test. The West Indies hold the record of the highest ever chase when they defeated Australia at Antigua in 2003 by scoring 418.

Kallis resigned the Test vice-captaincy in a fury after being dropped from South Africa’s Twenty20 World Cup team, but yesterday confessed that it had been “special to get some time off. Obviously it would have been nice to have played in the Twenty20, but, on the other hand, I’ve come into this series well rested,” said Kallis. “It’s amazing what breaks can do for you, especially if you are an all-rounder and are in the game most of the time.

“It’s nice to start again and you are fresh after a good rest, certainly the longest break that I’ve had since I left school.”

The stage is set for an intriguing last day in the Test today, especially with Pakistan moving quickly to 146/3 at stumps, thanks to Younis Khan’s aggressive batting. Khan raced on to complete his run-a-ball half century with eight boundaries. He then scored successive boundaries off reverse sweeps before hoisting captain Graeme Smith for a big six.

“It’s still a good batting wicket, but perhaps they got a few more runs than we would have liked,” Kallis said. “But there’s enough happening on the wicket for us to get those seven wickets.”

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