South African batsmen take the baton from bowlers

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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The South Africa pace triumvirate Steyn, Ntini and Morne Morkel ran amok to bowl out India for 76 on day one of the second Test at Motera.Bangalore: South Africa raced to 100/2 in their first innings at tea on day one of the second Test against India at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Both the openers Smith (34, 6X4s) and McKenzie (42, 8X4s) back in dugout after giving their side a fine start.

Tourists were in total control of the proceedings after their seamers spearheaded by Steyn ran amok on the helpful wicket to skittle out the hosts for a paltry 76.

Smith and McKenzie got off South Africa to a fine start with a 78-run stand a run more than the India's first innings total. Sreesanth drew first blood trapping Smith plumb infront. Harbhajan then removed dangerman McKenzie just before the tea. McKenzie was undone by a big turner from Bhajji that kissed the bat en route to the Dravid's safe pair of hands at slip.

In-form Hashim Amla is batting on 15.

Indian batting tale was none better then a highschool stuff. And all credit to SA seamers who sticked to the basics bowling just outside the off stump corrider inducing the Indian batsmen commit the age old mistakes. Ntini, Steyn and Morkel produced a fiery spell of pace bowling to bowl out hosts to the paltry 76 in just 20 overs - mind you this is no Twenty20 tie.

Steyn, who rattled Indians with pace and inswingers, reaped a rich harvest of 5/23. Ntini (3/18) with his big inswingers scripted the collapse while young Morkel (2/20) accounted for well set Dhoni and Kumble.

Only Pathan, who replaced injured Tendulkar, had the stomach to fight but he was left stranded at the crease with 21 as Steyn polished the tail in quick succession.

The SA seamers made most of the conditions on a seamer-friendly wicket besides spineless Indian batters made their task easy.

India skipper Anil Kumble, who was declared match fit, was ill-advisedly opted to bat first on a green-top. Hosts lost both the openers within the first five overs.

Ntini started the rot dismissing Jaffer caught Smith in slip cordon for nine in the fourth over of the innings. In the following over
Steyn accounted for dangerman Sehwag after the triple centurion dragged the inswinging delivery on to stumps.

Ntini then sent the old horses Laxman and Ganguly packing in the eventful eighth over of the innings to leave India reeling on 30/4.
Dravid, who failed to read the wicket despite spending some time on the wicket,was bowled through the gates to disturb 'The Wall's off stump.

The first change bowler Morne Morkel too joined the party removing Dhoni for a regulation caught behind and then bowled skipper Kumble.

Steyn then chopped off the tail to skittle out India for their lowest total against the African giants.

Earlier, India picked all-rounder Irfan Pathan in place of the injured Sachin Tendulkar. Pathan's inclusion gives the hosts an extra seam bowling option on what promises to be a sporting wicket.

The tourists retained the team that rallied for a draw in the opening game.

The first Test produced nearly 1,500 runs on a placid pitch with India's Virender Sehwag cracking the fastest recorded triple century in Test cricket.

Brief Scores (at tea, D-1):

India Ist innings 76 all out (Pathan 21 n o, Dhoni 14; Steyn 5 for 23, Ntini 3 for 18, Morkel 2 for 20) Vs South Africa 100 for 2 (McKenzie 42, Smith 34, Amla 15; Harbhajan 1 for 2, Sreesanth 1 for 18).


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