Durban - Dale Steyn has dished up two sets of devastating triple-strikes for South
Africa, bowling out India for 334 on day two of the second Test at
Kingsmead, in Durban, on Friday.
At the close of play, South
Africa had reached 82 for no loss, facing a first innings deficit of
Openers Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen were unbeaten on 35 and
The pair came out in aggressive fashion, looking to eat into the Indian lead, scoring at more than four runs per over.
day began with India resuming on 181/1 and, after no play was possible
in the first session, Steyn became the chief destroyer taking three
wickets both before and after tea.
Taking just the one wicket on
Thursday, the South African bowling attack came out with a clear
wicket-taking strategy on Friday afternoon.
Morne Morkel peppered the
batsman with short deliveries and, at the same time, starved India of
Steyn adopted a probing line outside offstump until he made
the breakthrough in the 67th over.
Cheteshwar Pujara (70) was drawn
into a drive and edged the ball to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers as India
lost their first wicket of the day.
It brought an end to a 157-run second-wicket partnership between Murali Vijay and Pujara.
his next over, Steyn removed Vijay, three short of what would have been
his fourth Test century.
A short delivery took the glove and Vijay was
caught behind for 97.
Rohit Sharma walked to the crease but Steyn
sent him back for a shower off his first ball.
The delivery came back
into the right-hander, and Sharma opted to leave the ball only to have
his middle stump disturbed.
India fought back after the three quick wickets with a fifth-wicket partnership of 66 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
Morne Morkel struck just before tea to have Kohli caught for 46 while Rahane remained unbeaten on 51.
tea, Steyn accounted for Indian captain MS Dhoni (24), attempting a
drive but only succeeding in edging to Graeme Smith at slip.
picked up another two wickets to return figures of 6/100 for the
innings. Morkel, who helped clean up the tail, bagged 3/50 with India's
last five wickets falling for 14 runs.
India: 334 (M. Vijay 97, C. Pujara 70, A Rahane 51 not out; D. Steyn 6-100)
South Africa: 82/0 (G. Smith 35*, A. Petersen 46*)
Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de
Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Robin Peterson, Vernon
Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel
Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma,
Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (captain, wk), Ravindrasinh Jadeja, Ishant
Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami