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Quick singles – Day 2,Session 2: Dale Steyn re-loaded

Dale Steyn is clearly the difference between the two teams.

Written by Tanya Rudra | New Delhi | Published: December 27, 2013 9:11:25 pm

After a session studded with four high-profile wickets by arguably the two best bowlers in present day’s Test cricket,came the lull. The most entertaining batsman,MS Dhoni was on the crease,still the fireworks were nowhere to be seen. The post-tea session on Day 2 could have been well described as the calm after the Dale storm and then it struck again and blew away the Indian middle-order and tail.

Approaching milestones

Jacques Kallis,who has been a consistent slip fielder,became the 2nd to claim 200 catches in Tests after Rahul Dravid (210 catches). Playing in his last Test,Kallis is chasing quite a few milestones. He is just 114 runs behind Dravid. The 38-year-old has more wickets than Garfield Sobers,but is only eight away from becoming the 28th bowler to take 300. Kallis is set to bring down the curtains on his illustrious career at the same ground where it started against England in 1995-96. We wish him all the luck.

Zero to hero

Now what could be said about Dale Steyn? He isn’t one of the best Test bowlers for no reason. Just when it seemed that he had done enough for the day,he came back,and how? From no wickets and rising frustration on Day 1,Steyn turned the game around for himself and his team on Day 2. India lost five wickets for 14 runs in last 29 balls. Out of those five,four were victims of Steyn. In all,Steyn has six wickets in the match and has made a good effort by India look pretty ordinary with his splendid show. Dale Steyn is clearly the difference between the two teams.

The silver-lining

The day began for India on a positive note with two batsmen approaching their respective hundreds. Soon,that dream was done and dusted by Dale Steyn. Even Virat Kohli could not hold his nerves and fell on 46. On a day dominated by South African bowlers,Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 51 was the saving grace for the visitors. Rahane showed a lot of promise as he brought up his maiden Test fifty against the most fierce bowling attack in the world.

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