Live Cricket Score: England vs South Africa, 1st Test at Kennington Oval - Day four

Graeme Smith celebrates after his memorable ton at the Kennington Oval on the third day Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jul 22, 2012

South Africa will look to build a formidable lead over England on the fourth day of the opening Test, being played at the Kennington Oval in London.

South Africa were 403 for two at stumps on the end of the third day, ahead by 18 runs in the first innings with Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis at the crease.

Amla remained unbeaten on a fine 183, which came from 369 balls and 22 boundaries, accompanied by Kallis batting on 82 off 161 balls.

Smith (131) and Amla put on a record 259 for the second wicket and there was no respite for the bowlers as Kallis (82 not out) joined Amla in an unbeaten third wicket stand of 143.

“It was surreal,” said Smith. “A lot of thoughts and emotions went through my head when I reached the hundred but I still had in the back of my mind there was a job to be done. To have played 100 Tests is a terrific achievement and to be able to reach a milestone like this is the cherry on the top. It feels great.”

On a slow, dry pitch, offering some variable bounce and turn for the spinners, Smith and Amla dug in and played risk-free cricket to grind down England’s bowling attack. Their partnership was two runs higher than the mark set by Smith and current coach Gary Kirsten at Lord’s in 2003.

Brief Scores: England 385 (Alastair Cook 115, Jonathan Trott 71; Morne Morkel 4 for 72, Jacques Kallis 2 for 38) trail South Africa 403 for 2 (Hashim Amla 183*, Graeme Smith 131, Jacques Kallis 82*; Tim Bresnan 1 for 48, James Anderson 1 for 77) by 18 runs.

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