Steyn had abstracts of four for 36 as he took advantage of clouded altitude and a animated angle afterwards India, for the additional alternating match, were beatific in afterwards rain delayed the alpha of play.
Steyn gave South African supporters a alarm aback he pulled up while active in for his aboriginal brawl afterwards tea. He had to leave the acreage for what an official declared as ache in the beam area. But he was aback account afterwards and was set to basin afresh aback the umpires took the players off for the day.
Needing a achievement to accumulate animate hopes of all-embracing success in the three-match series, the visitors showed added action than they did aback they were bowled out for 136 in the aboriginal innings of the aboriginal Test at Centurion, area they were baffled by an innings and 25 runs.
But they were already afresh in abysmal agitation afterwards accident the toss. With the barring of Steyn, however, the South African bowlers did not booty abounding advantage of accessible conditions.
Steyn airish a constant threat, bowling at a active clip and accepted the brawl abroad from the batsmen. He absolved both openers, Virender Sehwag (25) and Murali Vijay (19), in a spell of two for 19 in eight overs afore cafeteria and added the wickets of Rahul Dravid (25) and the alarming VVS Laxman (38) during the afternoon.
Left-armer Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed the key wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, who was bent at additional blooper for 13 in the aboriginal over afterwards lunch. Tsotsobe addled afresh anon afore tea, afresh in the aboriginal over of a spell, aback Cheteshwar Pujara (19) top-edged an attempted angle to accord wicketkeeper Mark Boucher an accessible catch.
Tsotsobe additionally captivated a amazing bolt to abolish Laxman, the best absorbing of the Indian batsmen. Laxman, who had greeted Steyn at the alpha of his afternoon spell with a awe-inspiring beeline drive for four and an effortless angle for six, pulled a abbreviate brawl from Steyn. It seemed destined for the abuttals at advanced mid-on but Tsotsobe dived to his appropriate and captivated the brawl one-handed to the accessible amazement of the batsman.
While South Africa kept acceptance in the arrive aboriginal Test team, India fabricated three changes with Vijay, Pujara and Zaheer Khan advancing in for Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina and Jaidev Unadkat.
A duke abrasion disqualified out Gambhir, Raina paid the amount for scoring aloof one and bristles in Centurion, and the anticlimax of Unadkat was assured already adolescent left-armer clip bowler Khan recovered from a hamstring injury.