India in SA

Proteas in dramatic collapse

2010-12-27 15:30
Harbhajan Singh (File)
Returning fast bowler Zaheer Khan and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh sent South Africa crashing to 131 all out on the second day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Monday.

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South Africa's collapse meant India took a first innings lead of 74 despite being bowled out for a modest 205.

Khan took three for 36 and Harbhajan four for 10.

Khan started the comeback by the world's top-ranked Test nation when he claimed the wickets of opening batsmen Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen.

South Africa then suffered a double blow when in-form Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers were out in quick succession shortly before lunch to leave the home side reeling at 74 for four.

Hashim Amla, playing in his 50th Test match on his home ground, and Ashwell Prince looked to be repairing the damage when they batted together for 40 minutes after the break, putting on 22 runs.

But Harbhajan regained control for India with a superb spell of bowling, making his first breakthrough when Amla missed a sweep and was leg before wicket for 33.

Prince chopped Khan into his stumps in the next over and Harbhajan snapped up the wickets of Dale Steyn and Paul Harris in quick succession.

Steyn fell to an excellent diving catch by Rahul Dravid at slip as Dravid became the first fielder in Test history to take 200 catches.

At one stage Harbhajan had figures of three for four in six overs.

Khan missed the first Test because of injury and watched from the sidelines as South Africa piled up 620 for four declared on the way to victory by an innings and 25 runs.

The left-arm swing bowler showed his value to India when he had South African captain Smith caught behind for nine and then bowled Petersen for 24.

Kallis, who made a maiden Test double century at Centurion, again looked in top form but he was run out for 10 while backing up when bowler Ishant Sharma deflected a drive by Amla onto the stumps.

De Villiers, fresh from South Africa's fastest Test century at Centurion, failed to score before a ball from Sree Sreesanth lifted off a good length and he gloved a catch to Indian captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Earlier, fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took two wickets apiece as India lost their last four wickets for 22 runs.

Steyn finished with figures of six for 50, his 15th haul of five or more wickets in Tests, while Morkel took two for 68.

Harbhajan Singh had an escape in the second over of the day when he was dropped by a diving Jacques Kallis at second slip. But he added only six runs to his overnight score before he was smartly held by De Villiers off Steyn at third slip.

Zaheer Khan was caught behind by Mark Boucher off Morkel, prompting Dhoni to go on the attack, hitting Steyn for four and six in one over. But Dhoni was caught on the cover boundary by Petersen off Steyn and was followed two balls later by Sreesanth who top-edged a wild slog against Morkel to be Boucher's fifth victim.

In contrast to the first day, when India were sent in to bat in heavily overcast conditions, play resumed in partly cloudy weather, with a brisk north-easterly breeze quickly pushing the clouds away.

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