Updated: Friday, 27 December 2013 21:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Steyn burst lifts S. Africa in second India Test

Dale Steyn took three wickets in ten balls to lift South Africa's hopes on the second day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.


Steyn burst lifts S. Africa in second India Test

India's Cheteshwar Pujara is given out by umpire Steve Davis as South Africa's Dale Steyn (C) celebrates on the second day of the second Sunfoil Series Test at the SAHARA Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on December 27, 2013

Steyn's burst was followed by a partnership of 66 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane as India reached 271 for five at tea in a match affected by bad light and rain.

Fast bowler Steyn had endured the longest wicket drought of his Test career before he had Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind for 70 in the sixth over of a day's play which started more than three hours late because of rain.

He had bowled 417 balls since his previous wicket when he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan early in the first Test in Johannesburg.

Pujara and Murali Vijay put on 157 for the second wicket.

Vijay followed for 97 in Steyn's next over when he gloved a catch down the leg side to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Rohit Sharma padded up to the next ball and watched in dismay as the ball snaked back and hit his middle stump.

With 11 overs remaining to the second new ball, Steyn was rested after one more over. Kohli and Rahane batted solidly and then saw off the new ball, with Steyn and Vernon Philander unable to make any further breakthroughs.

Rahane was twice struck by bouncers from Steyn, on the helmet and on the upper arm.

It took a spectacular catch by De Villiers to dismiss Kohli, who made 46 before glancing Morne Morkel to leg, with the wicketkeeper flinging himself to his left to take the chance. Rahane was unbeaten on 23 at tea.

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