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Finn's lbw appeal, as Amla
moved across his stumps, was judged too high by umpire Richard Illingworth and backed up by DRS.
South Africa's AB de Villiers (left) and Hashim Amla
could damage England's chances of victory at The Rose Bowl
said: "I'm happy, surprised - obviously really excited that I managed to do something that's never been done before as a South African.
On a day when the home bowlers were on the wrong end of all the records and statistics, Amla
(311no) and Kallis (182no) shared the highest third-wicket stand in England.
S Africa 403-2 (H M Amla
183 no, G C Smith 131, J H Kallis 82no).
I didn't dream about getting 300, although you would love to," Amla
told reporters at the end of the fourth day.
and Kallis ( 419 min, 351 b, 15x4s, 2x6s) scored 340 runs for the third wicket and that was instrumental in piling up the huge total.
Both openers were dismissed for ducks in the first innings, but Amla
in particular looked a lot more assured second time around, driving seamer Andrew McDonald for three fours in the last over before lunch.
But the elegant Amla
stood firm throughout, producing an almost chanceless knock as he flicked off his pads with ease and closed in on scoring the first century by any player this series.
The nearest England came, on a sunny morning and with the pitch more than ever lacking pace to trouble the batsmen, was an unsuccessful appeal by Anderson for a catch behind down the legside against Amla
Number three Amla
hit 19 fours in his 248-ball innings before being smartly run out by Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, attempting a quick single.