Durban, Dec 27: Speedster Dale Steyn produced a fiery spell to rock the Indian batting line-up with a six-wicket haul as visitors squandered the overnight advantage to be bowled out for 334 on a rain-hit second day of the second Test against South Africa here today.
Steyn finished with splendid figures of six for 100 as the Indians lost nine wickets for only 153 runs after play began in the post lunch session after a three-hour delay due to rain.
The 29-year-old Steyn brought South Africa back in the game after scalping three wickets in a space of 10 deliveries and then in a second spell wreaked havoc with another three wickets in 14 deliveries as Indians lost last five wickets for 14 runs.
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 gone wicketless for 69.2 overs, Steyn shrugged off the disappointment with an inspired spell of fast bowling as he removed Cheteshwar Pujara (70), Murali Vijay (97) and Rohit Sharma (0) in a space of 10 deliveries to reduce India to 199 for four, when the proceedings started in the post-lunch session.
In the post tea-session, Steyn again hit back after Ajinkya Rahane (51 no) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a 55-run partnership to take India to 320 for five before another collapse occured.
This time, Dhoni (24), Zaheer Khan (0) and Ishant Sharma (4) were dismissed by the South African speedster in a space of 14 deliveries.
In between Steyn's scalps, left-arm spinner Robin Peterson dismissed Ravindra Jadeja (0) caught by Jacques Kallis at first slip, who completed the milestone of 200 catches in his last Test match.
When Steyn dismissed Zaheer Khan after AB de Villiers plucked off a stunner from thin air, he had completed his 22nd five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Steyn struck thrice including two in two balls to put India on the backfoot.
Entire morning session was a non-starter due to rain. And when play began post-lunch, Steyn dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma. The latter two were sent back off successive deliveries.
At tea, India were 271/5 in 95 overs. They had started the day at 181/1 in 61 overs.
Pujara was the first to depart, caught by wicketkeeper AB de Villiers off Steyn. The number three batsman scored 70.
Vijay, who resumed on 91 today, gloved a leg-side rising ball to De Villiers off Steyn. The right-hander from Tamil Nadu fell for 97 (226 balls, 18x4). The next ball, Rohit Sharma shouldered arms and the ball crashed into the middle stump.
Steyn was right on target and Rohit misjudged the delivery to lose his middle stump. The hat-trick ball in the next over was easily negotiated to the boundary by Virat Kohli.
Kohli, who hit 119 and 96 in the thrilling drawn first Test in Johannesburg, was looking good for a half century when Morne Morkel claimed his second wicket. Kohli was caught down the leg side by De Villiers.
Steyn bowled a superb spell and also had Ajinkya Rahane in trouble early. Rahane was hit on the helmet by the right-arm fast bowler but he battled on to reach the interval at 23 not out while captain MS Dhoni is on zero.