Amla, Smith guide SA to 292-run lead in 3rd test

Michael Clarke

Smith's batting indicated it doesn't want anything less than a big victory at the same ground where South Africa chased 414 to beat Australia for a series victory in 2008. He and Amla were scoring at 7.

59 an over as their partnership hit 124 but were slowed down by a spell from Mitchell Johnson.

The record for the fastest century stand in terms of run-rate was the 7.32 an over in a 144-run opening stand between Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya against Bangladesh at Colombo in September 2001.

The Amla-Smith stand eclipsed the South African record of 6.22 an over which Smith and AB de Villiers scored at while compiling 217 against Zimbabwe at Cape Town in 2005.

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