There is really no scale to measure Dale Steyn's fury on a cricket pitch. The Indians were at the receiving end last year. The Australians felt the Steyn heat in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Steyn took three wickets for four runs in 15 balls to break Australian resistance wide open and set the Proteas on their way to a massive victory by 231 runs with a day to spare in the second Test match at St George's Park. The high-profile series is now tied 1-1. The third and deciding Test match will be played in Cape Town from Saturday.
"Dale sort of goes from very angry to extremely angry," skipper Graeme Smith said, suggesting there is no real yardstick for Steyn when his adrenaline is pumping. "But he is always one spell away from being able to create something for us. There are high expectations on him. If he is not getting five-fors or knocking people over, or knocking their heads off, then people start to ask questions."
The key period on Monday was the 10-over spell when Steyn, with good support from Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, led the attack as five wickets fell for just 14 runs. A key factor throughout the match was the ability of the South African seamers to get reverse swing reasonably early in both innings and there is no finer exponent of this skill than Steyn, whose career has often suffered from injuries.