Bangalore - South Africa were 177 for seven at tea on the opening day of the second Test against India at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.
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AB de Villiers, playing his 100th Test, was dismissed for 85 off the last ball before tea. Kyle Abbott was unbeaten on zero.
South Africa had been reduced to 120-5 in the post-lunch session after being sent in to bat by Indian captain Virat Kohli.
India won the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs to take the lead in the four-match series.