Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla tons keep South Africa in charge on day three

Hashim Amla plays a shot during his unbeaten knock of 131 on the third day at Kennington Oval Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jul 21, 2012

Graeme Smith fell after scoring an impressive 131 as South Africa reached 277 for two at tea on the third day of the opening Test against England on Saturday.

South Africa reduced the first innings deficit to 108 after centuries by Smith and Hashim Amla, who remained unbeaten on 131.

Smith’s innings came to an end when he was bowled off Tim Bresnan, a few moments before tea, till which England bowlers kept trying for first breakthrough in the day.

Smith cracked 20 boundaries to score 131 off 273 balls, and added 259 runs for the second wicket with Amla to keep his side in control.

Earlier in the first session, Smith brought up his 25th Test century and Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 80 as South Africa kept things under their control against England.

Smith brought up his Test hundred after a slow start on the second day, but found rhythm to get to 103 not out off 202 balls and 16 boundaries.

On the other hand, Amla too chipped in with a fine unbeaten 80, off 181 balls and nine boundaries, as England bowlers failed to get a much-needed breakthrough.

The tourists reached 187 for one, after resuming their innings in the morning at 86 for one.

Smith and Amla extended their second-wicket stand to 186.

Brief Scores: England 385 (Alastair Cook 115, Jonathan Trott 71; Morne Morkel 4 for 72, Jacques Kallis 2 for 38) lead South Africa 277 for 2 (Graeme Smith 131, Hashim Amla 131*; Tim Bresnan 1 for 48, James Anderson 1 for 77) by 108 runs.

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