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India seize control of second Test after see-saw day

Second Test (day two, stumps):
India 205 & 92-4 v South Africa 131
Venue: Kingsmead Date: 26-30 December
Match scorecard

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan now has 384 Test wickets from 92 Tests

India are favourites to level the series against South Africa after a see-saw second day at Kingsmead, during which 18 wickets fell.

India were dismissed for 205 before lunch, Dale Steyn finishing with 6-50 - his 15th five-wicket haul in Tests.

But the hosts were skittled for 131 in 37.2 overs, spinner Harbhajan Singh the chief destroyer with 4-10.

At stumps India were 92-4 in their second innings, a lead of 166. South Africa won the first Test in Centurion.

A sensational day of cricket owed more to the high quality bowling and fielding on display than any demons in the pitch.

India began the day on 183-6 but their tail was quickly blown away by the lethal pace duo of Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Zaheer Khan made early inroads in the home side's innings with the wickets of openers Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen before Jacques Kallis was run out.

Sreesanth then had AB de Villiers caught behind to leave the Proteas struggling at 74-4 at lunch.

Hachim Amla and Ashwell Prince offered a semblance of stability with a 22-run stand before Harbhajan trapped Amla leg before in his second over.

Prince chopped Zaheer onto his own stumps and Steyn and Paul Harris were both brilliantly caught in the same Harbhajan over.

Rahul Dravid sprung to his left to clasp a Steyn edge with one hand for his 200th Test catch, and Cheteshwar Pujara showed superb reactions at short leg to remove Harris.

Ishant Sharma had Morkel caught on the boundary before Harbhajan ensured South Africa would slump to their second lowest total at the Durban venue by removing Lonwabo Tsotsobe.


Virender Sehwag gave India an flying start with 32 from 31 balls but his dismissal by Tsotsobe sparked a collapse as Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar all failed to reach double figures.

But an unbeaten stand of 36 between VVS Laxman (23) and Pujara (10) maintained India's slight advantage when bad light brought play to a premature close.

De Villiers believes that dislodging Laxman early on day three will be key to South Africa's hopes of victory.

"We're obviously aware of him. He's a player that can also help the young guys through, so we're going to have to get our game plans right and see the back of him first thing tomorrow morning," he said.

"They bowled well, but 18 wickets in a day I don't think is a true reflection of how the wicket is playing. It's definitely playing better than that.

"But again thanks to our bowlers. It's pretty balanced at the moment and if we can come out tomorrow nice and positive then we can come out on top here.

"It's definitely going to be a big day for both teams and I think whoever picks up their hand can come out on top."

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