Zaheer Khan provided India with the first breakthrough when he claimed the wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith on day two of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban, on Monday.
South Africa were 23 for one in five overs with Alviro Petersen on 14 from 19 balls.
Zaheer lifted India with an early wicket when he got Smith caught behind for nine with the perfect outswinger, the fifth time he has scalped the left-hander in Tests.
Earlier, pacer Dale Steyn wrecked havoc with a six-wicket haul to bowl out India for a paltry 205 in 65.1 overs in their first innings.
Steyn, world’s number one bowler in Tests, underlined his class with magnificent figures of six for 50 in 19 overs, troubling the batsmen with his pace and movement. Morne Morkel gave him good support by claiming two for 68, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe made an important contribution by taking two for 40.
The visitors continued to struggle with the bat as they lasted just 55 deliveries on day two, losing four wickets for 22 runs, after they resumed the day on 183 for six. The Indian top order were guilty of not carrying on after getting good starts with many of them giving their wickets away with reckless shots.
VVS Laxman was the top scorer with a brisk 38 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to launch a late rally as he hit 35 from 57 balls. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid also failed to play the big innings and were caught behind after scoring 25 each.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith’s decision of electing to bowl on winning the toss once again bore fruit as was the case in the first Test at Centurion.
India made three changes to their team as Zaheer Khan came in to boost the bowling attack in place of youngster Jaidev Unadkat, while Cheteshwar Pujara replaced the out-of-form Suresh Raina.
Gautam Gambhir, who hit a half-century in the previous match, was ruled out because of an injury and his place in the team was taken by Murali Vijay.
Hosts South Africa, who lead the three-match series 1-0 following their crushing victory in Centurion by an innings and 25 runs, opted to play with the same side.
The start of the match was delayed by an hour because of a wet outfield caused by rain. The match was supposed to begin at 1330 IST but the damp patches in the outfield and the pitch caused by rain early on Sunday morning meant that the start of play had to be postponed.
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