Sri Lanka held up by resistance of Kallis

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A superb 87 from Jacques Kallis could not halt South Africa's second-innings collapse in Kandy to leave Sri Lanka in a strong position at the close on the third day of the second Test.

A superb 87 from Jacques Kallis could not halt South Africa's second-innings collapse in Kandy to leave Sri Lanka in a strong position at the close on the third day of the second Test.

South Africa finished the day looking vulnerable on 192 for 8 - only 137 runs ahead of the hosts with two days left. Kallis single-handedly battled against Sri Lanka's spinners, staying at the crease for 237 minutes and hitting one six and six fours off 208 balls.

He headed back to the dressing-room, however, after a lapse of concentration when he mistimed a pull off Muttiah Muralitharan 13 minutes before an early close for bad light. His departure was a severe blow to the South Africans' hopes of saving the Test and the series, in which they are already a match down.

Muralitharan also bowled Daryll Cullinan for six and had Mark Boucher caught at deep midwicket for 15.

Kallis had support from Jonty Rhodes in a fourth-wicket partnership of 71. Rhodes made 33 before he was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara off Sanath Jayasuriya.

Earlier Sri Lanka, starting the day at 260 for 4, were dismissed for 308 with the last four wickets falling for eight runs.

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"Our officials asked Azharuddin to open some cupboards which were sealed during a search [of his home]," an official said.

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