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Steyn, Morkel strike as India reaches 271 for 5 at tea

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Steyn, Morkel strike as India reaches 271 for 5 at tea
Steyn, Morkel strike as India reaches 271 for 5 at tea

Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel on Friday struck in the extended second session as they dismissed Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli before tea. India reached 271 for 5 at the tea break.

Dale Steyn got into the act earlier as he dismissed both the overnight batsmen Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara and also removed Rohit Sharma. Pujara was dismissed for 70. Murali Vijay missed out his well-deserved century as he was dismissed for 97. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a first-ball zero.

Morne Morkel claimed the wicket of Virat Kohli who scored a well-made 46. Rahane is batting on 17 with Dhoni yet to open his account at the break.

Pujara was dismissed for 70 and Vijay narrowly missed his 4th Test century by 3 runs as he was dimissed for 97. Steyn also dismissed Rohit Sharma for 0. Steyn’s bowling has literally opened the shutters for this Test match.

Earlier, the start of the second day’s play in the second and final cricket Test between India and South Africa was delayed due to rain in Durban on Friday.

Play was to start half and hour earlier than scheduled after a curtailed opening day on Thursday.

Only 61 of the regulation 90 overs were bowled on the first day with India reaching 181 for one.

The two teams had played out a thrilling draw in the opening Test.

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