Cape Town, January 2:

Wasim Jaffer scored his third Test century to lead India to 254-3 on the first day of the third and final Test against South Africa.

Jaffer’s 116 took him past 1,000 Test runs, but was ended when he edged the second new ball delivery from Dale Steyn to Jacques Kallis at second slip. At stumps, Sachin Tendulkar was on 28, together with VVS Laxman on 4.

Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik built an opening partnership of 153, but Karthik was dismissed with the first ball after tea, giving debut-making left-arm spinner Paul Harris his first Test wicket. Karthik was adjudged to have got an inside edge onto his pad and looped up a simple catch to Hashim Amla at short leg.

Rahul Dravid was on 29 when he edged a lifting delivery from Pollock to Mark Boucher. Harris finished with 1-74 while Pollock had 1-32, and Steyn took 1-41.

The three-match series is tied at 1-1 after India won the first Test by 123 runs and South Africa the second by 174 runs.

SCOREBOARD

INDIA — 1st Innings

W Jaffer c Kallis b Steyn 116

D Karthik c Amla b Harris 63

R Dravid c Boucher b Pollock 29

S Tendulkar not out 28

VVS Laxman not out 4

Extras: 14 (4b, 3lb, 5nb, 2w)

Total: 254/3

FoW: 1-153, 2-202, 3-240

South Africa bowling: Steyn 20-10-41-1, Ntini 18-3-64-0, Pollock 16-6-32-1,

Kallis 12-4-36-0, Harris 24-2-74-1