Indian pacer bowlers will have to be at their best on day three at Durban if they are looking to take the advantage in the second Test. At stumps on day two, South Africa raced to 82 for 0 with skipper Graeme Smith batting on 35 in company of Alviro Peterson who is on 46.
Zaheer Khan and co. will look to take the advantage of overcast conditions early on day three and will be hoping to pick quick wickets to put some pressure on the hosts. Both Zaheer and Mohammad Shami were ineffective with the new ball although Ishant Sharma did bowl a few good deliveries.
Durban was dark and gloomy on Friday morning, but by the end of the day, the home fans returned having witnessed a fine spell of fast bowling from Dale Steyn that saw India's first innings folding up for 334, adding just 153 for the loss of nine wickets on a rain-shortened day.
File photo of India fast bowler Zaheer Khan.
South Africa won both the sessions on Friday after rain washed out first two hours of play. But excellent drainage at Kingsmead ensured play started immediately after an early lunch, and the sun was kind enough to let it continue well past the scheduled close.
At stumps, South Africa raced to 82 for no loss with skipper Graeme Smith batting on 35 in company of Alviro Peterson who has smashed his way to 46 off 61 balls with seven boundaries. Having started the day at a comfortable 181 for 1, the Indians looked all at sea against some inspired bowling by Steyn who swung the ball at a fast pace and also got the old ball to reverse.
From 181 for 1, India were reduced to 199 for four as Steyn pitched one outside the off-stump to get rid of Pujara caught by De Villiers after hitting nine fours in 132 balls.
Vijay, who was peppered with short stuff failed to complete his century when Steyn angled a rising delivery onto the ribs which was gloved for De Villiers to complete a brilliant leg-side catch. Rohit Sharma's (0) wretched form continued as he shouldered arms to an incutter that rocked back his middle-stump.
Virat Kohli (46, 87 balls, 5x4) tried to control the damage with a 66-run stand for the fifth wicket with Rahane, who also looked in good touch. Just when it seemed that Kohli was destined to get another big score, Morne Morkel (3 for 50) fired another rising delivery which Kohli gloved for De Villiers to give him the third of his five catches in the innings.