Well, expectations and hopes of an Indian recovery were high. But India's response was pitifully low. No sooner had Dale Steyn begun proceedings on Day 2, than he had Harbhajan Singh caught by A B de Villiers at third slip for 21. Bhajji was shocked to get out to such a stunning catch which went low and wide, but he was on his way with India in dire straights at 190/7.
Zaheer Khan may hold the records for the highest average and score for a number 11 batsman. But batting at number 8 in this match, he was completely out of his depth and was caught behind for a duck off a special from Morne Morkel. India had not even reached 200 and were already 8 down for 193.
Captain Dhoni, realising that the end of India's innings was imminent, attacked Steyn in the next over. He got the ace pacer away for a four and then in six in successive deliveries. India's score had thus ticked over 200 as Ishant Sharma took guard to face up to Morkel. He played out the 63rd over without incident.
But Steyn who was on roll, had Dhoni caught by Alviro Petersen at deep point in the next over. The captain's valiant knock of 35 had come to an end as India were all set to bowled at 205/9. Last man, Sreesanth wasn't able to add anything to India total, an was out caught behind off Morkel for a duck as India folded for exactly 205.
The visiting bowlers will now have to try and compensate for a poor showing from their batsmen and hopefully make a few inroads before lunch on Day 2 to help their side somehow crawl back into this crucial match.