Za­heer takes two to leave South Africa at 74/4

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

DUR­BAN: Za­heer Khan led In­dia's fight­back in the sec­ond Test as South Africa lost four wick­ets for 74 runs at lunch on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond cricket Test at Kingsmead in Dur­ban on Mon­day.

Hashim Amla was bat­ting on 24 af­ter S Sreesanth (1-33) re­moved AB de Vil­liers with the fourth ball of the last over be­fore lunch.

Ear­lier, In­dia were bowled out for 205 af­ter adding 22 runs to their overnight to­tal of 183 for six. Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni (35) scored 15 of those runs, in­clud­ing a six off Dale Steyn, but per­ished in the deep while at­tempt­ing an­other big hit.

Za­heer, who re­turned to the side af­ter missing out the first Test at Cen­tu­rion with a ham­string in­jury, bowled beau­ti­fully to pin down the South African open­ers. The left-handed Za­heer got the ball to seam around.

He did not have to wait long for the re­ward as South African cap­tain Graeme Smith, who has of­ten been at Za­heer's re­ceiv­ing end, edged be­hind.

Za­heer them re­moved Alviro Peter­son (24), who moved across, al­low­ing the ball to hit his leg stump.

But Za­heer did not get good sup­port from the other end with both Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma lack­ing con­sis­tency in their line and length.

Amla and Jac­ques Kal­lis (10) added 30 runs and were look­ing good when In­dia got the lat­ter out with a stroke of luck. Kal­lis backed up far too ahead and Ishant got his fin­ger­tips to the straight shot from Amla that hit the wicket and found him out of his crease. -Ap

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