Hashim Amla's ton guides South Africa as New Zealand attack falls away

In the morning, Smith had to shake off a forceful blow on the helmet early on from Bracewell, but recovered after some brief treatment to push South Africa on after choosing to bat first. His stand with Amla put South Africa in initial control at 99-1 at lunch and then 121-1, but the Kiwis pulled it back early in the afternoon.

updated: January 11, 2013 23:21 IST
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Port Elizabeth: Hashim Amla's unbeaten 106 guided South Africa to 325-4 at stumps on day one of the second test at St. George's Park on Friday after New Zealand made some early inroads only to wilt badly in the afternoon.

Amla moved South Africa back into a position of complete strength after Graeme Smith (54) and Jacques Kallis were dismissed in quick succession just after lunch and AB de Villiers failed to cash in on his half-century.

Amla had partnerships of 92 with Smith, 86 with De Villiers and 102 unbroken with Faf du Plessis (69 not out) to anchor South Africa, which won the first test by an innings and looked on course for another strong showing in the second.

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