Amla frustrates India's victory charge

KOLKATA: Hashim Amla continued his superb form with an unbeaten half-century to keep South Africa afloat in the second and final cricket Test against India on Thursday.

Amla made 68 not out as the Proteas, trailing by 347 runs on the first innings, carried their overnight score of 115-3 to 164-5 by lunch on the fifth day at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The 26-year-old from Durban, who made an unbeaten 253 in the first Test and 114 in the first innings of this match, has so far hit nine boundaries.

Jean-Paul Duminy (0) was the other batsman at the crease with the tourists still trailing by 183 runs with five wickets in hand.

India, who lost the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and six runs, have two more sessions to force a series-levelling win and retain their number one Test ranking.

The second-ranked South Africa will take over from India if the match ends in a draw, giving the Proteas a 1-0 series win.

The overnight pair of Amla and Ashwell Price put on 47 for the fourth wicket, before Harbhajan Singh broke through two hours after the start under bright sunshine.

The off-spinner beat Prince in the air and the miscued drive lobbed to Ishant Sharma at mid-off.

Left-handed Prince made 23 after scores of zero and one in the previous two innings of the series.

Amla and Prince had come together at the fall of Jacques Kallis' wicket on the rain-curtailed fourth day which reduced South Africa to 111-3.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who left the field briefly for treatment on a sore right shoulder, returned to trap AB de Villiers leg-before for three with a googly.

India were without pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who was nursing a knee injury he suffered on the fourth day.