Dale Steyn returns to his best with six-wicket haul

Sunil Gavaskar called Dale Steyn a 'class act' and said that it was he who restricted India to a sub-standard total.

updated: December 28, 2013 11:32 IST
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In the thrilling first Test draw versus India in Johannesburg last week, South African speedster Dale Steyn ended with unflattering figures of 1 for 165 in 56 overs. However, as expected, Steyn bounced back with a vengeance to run through the Indian middle-order in the first innings of the second Test in Durban as India were bowled out for 334 on Friday.

India started a rain-delayed Day 2 at Kingsmead, Durban at 181 for one but Steyn ensured that India were not able to press home their advantage. The 30-year-old took six for 100 in 30 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 334. He became the first South African bowler to take six wickets or more in an innings three times against India. The first two instances were 7 for 51 in Nagpur in February 2010 and 6 for 50 at this very ground in December 2010.

NDTVs cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar said the weather aided Steyn in his bowling effort. "The moisture on the pitch meant that there was a lot more carry for the pacers. The way Steyn mixed the short and fuller-length deliveries was impressive," said Gavaskar. (Day 2, as it happened)

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