Steyn rips India apart

2013-12-28 00:00

DALE Steyn was the King of Kingsmead yesterday as he bagged 6-100 from 30 overs to rip through the Indian batting and set up the possibility of a result in the second and final Test.

Starting the day on 181-1, India were all out for 334 in 111.3 overs as SA struck back, claiming 9-153 in 50.3 overs with a more sustained, attacking approach, something sorely lacking on the opening day.

After a first day curtailed by bad light where only 61 overs were bowled, yesterday dawned grey and overcast with rain preventing any play in the first session. With play due to start at 9.30 am to make up 30 minutes of lost time, three hours was washed down the drain as play finally commenced at 12.40 pm, after an early 11.30 am lunch.

In a complete about face, the clouds parted and magnificent sun shone forth, bathing Kingsmead in full sunshine as the afternoon progressed. Revised session times saw the day consist of two sessions of two-and-a-half hours, with an extra half-hour taken if the light allowed, meaning play finished at 6.30 pm.

Having only taken a single wicket at the Wanderers in the first Test, Steyn started the day with a clear intent to get stuck in and finish off the Indian batting. He did just that, inducing two edges in his first two overs, one each from overnight batsmen Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, the ball flying between first and a wide second slip to the third man boundary for four on both occasions.

Steyn finally broke the 157-run second wicket partnership when he had Pujara caught behind by AB de Villiers for 70. One run later, India were 199-3 when he struck again, Vijay taken by De Villiers for 97 and the next ball, Steyn castled Rohit Sharma with a magnificent in-swinger to have India shell-shocked at 199-4.

However, niggling partnerships kept righting the ship. Virat Kohli (46) and Ajinkya Rahane, who finished on 51*, added 66 for the fifth wicket and with captain MS Dhoni (24), a further 55 was added for the sixth wicket.

The spectators who had sat out the rain were rewarded with their piece of Test cricket history as Jacques Kallis pouched his 200th Test match catch when he gobbled up Ravindra Jadeja (0) at his customary slip position, from JP Duminy’s bowling, after a ball had drifted across the batsman as he played forward.

An appreciative cheer and applause marked the feat as Kallis became the second player to reach the 200-catch landmark in Test cricket, 10 behind India’s Rahul Dravid who tops the list.

Steyn continued to roar in, finishing off the India tail and missing out on a seventh wicket when Morné Morkel returned to the attack to have No. 11 batsman Mohammed Shami caught by Graeme Smith at slip.

Steyn’s effort, the 22nd time he has claimed five or more wickets in an innings, was backed up by Morkel with 3-50 in 23.3 overs and Duminy 1-10 in four overs.

AB de Villiers finished with five scalps behind the stumps, including an acrobatic effort to get rid of Zaheer Khan (0). Robin Peterson failed to impress as a spinner, sending down 22 unrewarding overs for 75 runs. With the Protea quicks taking the bulk of the wickets, the question remains as to why Peterson was selected rather than local Dolphins pace man Kyle Abbott, who has an intimate understanding of his home pitch.

As the shadows lengthened and the floodlights came on just before 5.30 pm, Smith and Alviro Petersen got the Proteas reply off to a brisk start, punching gaps in the field to maintain a healthy run rate, which was well above seven at one stage but returned to 4,10 when stumps were drawn with the Proteas 82 without loss after 20 overs, a deficit of 252 on the first innings.

Smith has 35* and Petersen 46*, both batsmen having played themselves in and looking to build on their platform today. India have used four bowlers without success, although Ishant Sharma did trouble Petersen at one stage as the batsman played and missed at a few deliveries outside the off stump.

Play starts at 9.30 am today.


India first innings (o/n 181/1)

S Dhawan c Petersen b Morkel29

M Vijay c De Villiers b Steyn97

C Pujara c De Villiers b Steyn70

V Kohli c De Villiers b Morkel46

R Sharma b Steyn0

A Rahane not out51

MS Dhoni c Smith b Steyn24

R Jadeja c Kallis b Duminy0

Z Khan c De Villiers b Steyn0

I Sharma c De Villiers b Steyn4

M Shami c Smith b Morkel1

Extras (lb7, w4, nb1)12

TOTAL (all out in 111.3 overs)334

Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Dhawan 13.1ov), 2-198 (Pujara 66.3), 3-199 (Vijay 68.5), 4-199 (R Sharma 68.6), 5-265 (Kohli 92.3), 6-320 (Dhoni 106.4), 7-321 (Jadeja 107.5), 8-322 (Khan 108.2), 9-330 (I Sharma 108.5), 10-334 (Shami 111.3)

Bowling: Steyn 30-9-100-6 (2w), Philander 21-6-56-0 (1nb, 1w), Morkel 23.3-6-50-3 (1w), Kallis 11-1-36-0, Peterson 22-2-75-0, Duminy 4-0-10-1

South Africa first innings

G Smith not out35

A Petersen not out46

Extras (lb1)1

TOTAL (for no wicket in 20 overs)82

Bowling: Khan 4-0-20-0, Shami 5-0-23-0, I Sharma 6-2-18-0, Jadeja 5-1-20-0.

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