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Steyn takes six as India fritter away advantage | Day 2, 2nd Sunfoil Test

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Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn

South Africa dominated the rain-hit second day’s play of the Second Test at Durban thanks to Dale Steyn’s destruction with the old ball. Steyn claimed 6 for 100 to end his wicket taking drought which lasted nearly 70 overs! India resuming Day 2 at a strong position of 180 for 1 in 61 overs collapsed to 334 all out in 111.3 overs.

The match began almost three hours after the original schedule because of rain. Overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay were consumed early by Steyn. Pujara (70) was caught behind playing a loose drive away from his body to a big outswinger while Vijay was caught behind down the legside fending off a short ball off his glove.

Rohit Sharma, who replaced Vijay, embarrassed himself with a first ball duck after going back and leaving a full length inswinger from Steyn. The mini collapse from India was arrested by a fine partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. However, by the Tea break, Virat Kohli (46) was caught behind in a leg glance off a short ball from Morne Morkel. AB de Villiers came up with another acrobatic catch to his left.

India got through another fine partnership involving Ajinkya Rahane and it was broken post Tea with Skipper MS Dhoni (24) playing a loose drive off Dale Steyn to give catching practice to the slips. Ravindra Jadeja didn’t trouble the scorers as he got out edging a turner from JP Duminy to slip where Jacques Kallis held onto his 200th catch in Test cricket. The Indian tail didn’t wag at all but Ajinkya Rahane found enough time to score his maiden Test fifty. Rahane remained unbeaten with 51 from 121 balls with 8 fours.

By Stumps on Day 2, South Africa were off to a brisk start with the new ball proving to be very ineffective for the Indians. SA closed the day at 82 for no loss in 20 overs with Alviro Petersen on 46* and Skipper Graeme Smith on 35*.

Video: Ind vs SA 2nd Test: Dale Steyn on taking 6 wickets

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