At 48 for 3, India wasn't in huge trouble thanks to the precious first innings lead but when Tendulkar got out to Steyn in the 15th over, it was SA bouncing back strongly in the match reducing the score to 56 for 4. Tendulkar (6) pushed at a late outswinger from Steyn to get a thich edge which was brilliantly caught by AB de Villiers to his right at third slip. The Proteas couldn't make any further inroads after this as Laxman and Pujara were determined to hold fort and see the day through and the fading light gave a temporary relief for them.
Lunch on Day 2
South Africa went to Lunch on Day 2 at a shaky 74 for 4 after bowling out India for 205 within an hour this morning. Zaheer Khan provided the opening for India by taking two wickets and then Ishant with a run out and Sreesanth chipped in to help India bounce back strongly in this Second Test.
It was by the end of the 5th over that India found its first breakthrough when Zaheer got one to angle in but leave the left handed Graeme Smith (9) late to force an edge to the keeper. A few overs later, Zaheer got his second wicket when Alviro Petersen (24 from 39 balls) shuffled back for a flick but didn't get hold of it and the ball hit the edge of the thigh pad and dragged itself onto the leg stump. India's hopes of getting more wickets looked bleak as Zaheer didn't get good support from the wayward Sreesanth. However in the 16th over, a wicket came out of nowhere when Jacques Kallis was tragically run out backing at the non-striker's end. Ishant Sharma got this run out while deflecting a backfoot straight drive from Amla unknowingly onto the stumps to have Kallis (10) in trouble.
At the stroke of Lunch, Sreesanth who got a change of ends struck gold when he got one to kick up around off to hit the glove off AB de Villiers (0) in a backfoot defence and it was another catch for MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
Early on, India resuming at 183 for 6 were bowled out for 205 in less than 10 overs this morning. Harbhajan Singh (21) was the first to go as he pushed at a Steyn delivery with hard hands to be brilliantly caught by the diving AB de Villiers at third slip. Steyn got a five-wicket haul with that. In the 62nd over, Morne Morkel finally got his first wicket when he had Zaheer Khan edging him behind to the keeper with one that held its line around off. MS Dhoni after a fighting 35 from 57 balls (with 3 fours and a six) perished next after smashing Steyn straight into the safe hands of Petersen at sweeper covers. The last man to fall was Sreesanth who miscued a slog off Morkel to be caught behind in the very first ball he faced.
Steyn finished with rich figures of 19-6-50-6 while Morkel and Tsotsobe picked up two wickets each. India added only 22 more runs today before losing its final four wickets.
- BV Swagath