Updated: Thursday, 19 December 2013 20:21 | By Agence France-Presse

Philander, Morkel rip through India tail in first Test

Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel ripped through India's lower order batsmen as the tourists lost their last five wickets for 16 runs on the second day of the first Test against South Africa.


Philander, Morkel rip through India tail in first Test

South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander celebrates the fall of India batsman Ajinkya Rahane's wicket on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on December 19, 2013

At the Wanderers Stadium on Thursday, it was South Africa's morning as India were bowled out for 280 and the hosts reached 22 for no wicket at lunch.

Resuming at 255 for five amidst heavily overcast conditions after overnight and early morning rain, Ajinkya Rahane and Mahendra Singh Dhoni made cautious progress against tight bowling from Dale Steyn, Philander and Morkel.

Only nine runs were scored, including three leg byes and just three scoring shots, before Morkel made the breakthrough with the last ball of the ninth over of the day when Dhoni was caught behind for 19.

Four balls later, Rahane went the same way against Philander for 47. Zaheer Khan went back on his stumps and was palpably leg before wicket to the next ball.

Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were bowled by Philander and Morkel respectively, both without scoring, leaving Ravichandran Ashwin stranded on 11 not out.

Philander finished with four for 61 after taking three for six in six overs while Morkel took three for 34 in 23 overs.

South African captain Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen survived some challenging bowling from Khan and Shami in scoring 11 runs each before lunch.

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