London - Dale Steyn took two early wickets to
lead a South African fight back on the second day of the first Test
match against England at the Oval on Friday.
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England were 326 for
seven at lunch after adding just 59 runs for the loss of four wickets in
25 overs on an overcast morning in south London.
Steyn struck in
the third and fifth overs of the day to dismiss Alastair Cook and Ravi
Bopara as the match underwent a transformation from the first day when
the England batsmen were seldom troubled in reaching 267 for three.
the first eight overs of the day, England added only six runs for the
loss of two wickets as Steyn and Vernon Philander bowled an immaculate
line, gaining some swing with the second new ball.
bidding to replace England as the world's top ranked Test team, made a
crucial breakthrough when Steyn dismissed Cook.
Cook had added
only one run to his overnight 114 when he was bowled off an inside edge
by a ball from Steyn which swung in to him.
Bopara made an unhappy
return after a year out of the Test team, trying to withdraw his bat
after shaping to hook but getting an edge to be caught behind by AB de
Villiers without scoring.
Jacques Kallis bowled Ian Bell for 13 when the Warwickshire batsman left a delivery which cut back and clipped his off bail.
Matt Prior and Tim Bresnan added 29 runs before Bresnan chopped a ball from leg-spinner Imran Tahir on to his stumps.
lunch, Prior, who survived a difficult chance to Jacques Rudolph at
gully off Morne Morkel when he was on 17, was unbeaten on 32, with
Stuart Broad on eight not out.