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LIVE Cricket! SA off to a good start after Steyn bowls out India for 334

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December 27, 2013


22:05  SA 82-0 (20 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

- Steyn takes 6-100 to trigger India's collapse on Day 2

- SA off to a good start, 82-0 in 20 overs

- India bowled out for 334 in first innings

- India lost last five wickets for 14 runs in 29 deliveries

- Vijay (97) missed out on a century,  while Pujara made 70.

- Rahane registered his maiden fifty in Tests -- 51 not out

- Check out images from Day 2
22:02  SA 82-0 (20 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

So finally, we have the last over of the day coming up to be bowled by Jadeja. Play has been extended for nearly 90 minutes past the scheduled close of play.

Petersen flicks the first ball behind square on the leg side for a four and then takes one to mid-on.

Smith takes a step down the track before he flicks it to midwicket for one from the final delivery of the day.

At stumps on Day, SA are 82 for no loss in 20 overs scoring at more than four runs per over.

Petersen played positively to hit 46 from 61 balls with the help of seven fours, while Smith made 35 from 59 balls.
21:58  SA 77-0 (19 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Zaheer comes back to replace Ishant. The first ball slides down which Petersen flicks on the leg side for a couple and then turns the third ball to fine leg for one.

With stumps round the corner, Smith decides to play with the caution and blocks the last three balls.
21:53  SA 73-0 (18 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Petersen glances Jadeja fine on the leg side for a boundary from the second ball of the over.

Two dot balls before he takes one on the leg side and Smith watchfully blocks the last ball of that over.
21:50   SA 67-0 (17 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Petersen drops Ishant on the off-side for a single before Smith flicks it on the leg side for the same result.

The fifth ball is short and wide which Petersen smashes through the covers for a boundary to take his score to 33, the same score as his captain Smith with both hitting five boundaries each.

He punches the last ball down the ground but Dhawan makes a good diving stop at mid-on to save a certain boundary.
21:45  SA 61-0 (16 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Smith plays Jadeja fine on the leg side for a single and Petersen does the same but he gets two runs in the process.

Petersen is beaten off the fourth ball as the ball turns and bounces before the right-hander takes one from the last ball.
21:42  SA 56-0 (15 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

A back of the length delivery from Ishant is turned fine by Smith off his hips for a single.

Petersen picks one to the cover region before Smith defends the rest of the over.
21:37  SA 54-0 (14 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Jadeja beats Petersen with one that turns a bit past the face of the bat. However, the right-hander comes down the track to the next delivery and lofts it straight back over the bowler's head for a four.

The fourth ball spins a long way as Petersen decides to leave it alone before blocking the last two balls.
21:35  SA 50-0 (13 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Ishant continues as Petersen turns the first ball through midwicket for one before Smith cuts a short ball through point for a four.

Smith still trying to work it on the leg side but he can't find the gap. The last ball goes off the leading edge as he plays back and it goes through the covers for a couple to bring up South Africa's 50.

The play has been extended further with 30 minutes more to go.
21:29  SA 43-0 (12 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

India introduce spin in the form of left-armer Ravindra Jadeja. The first ball is defended but he is beaten by the third trying to play it on the leg side and is hit on the pads.

He is beaten off the next delivery too and this time Jadeja makes a loud appeal for LBW but the umpires turns it down.

A puff of dust and bit of turn every time Jadeja gets it outside the off-stump to Smith.

A good start by the left-arm spinner giving Smith lots to think about.


21:24  SA 43-0 (11 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

India bowling it short on Smith's body with three fielders placed at short leg, leg gully and short square leg.

He defends first three deliveries before trying to flick the fourth but the fielder at short leg barely has time to catch it, hitting him on the right leg.

However, he gets the next ball in the gap for a couple to deep midwicket and gets one from the last ball.
21:19  SA 40-0 (10 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Shami bowling it short and on Smith's body as India trying something different against the South African captain.

The third ball is fended to fine leg by Smith for a single before Petersen gets a leading edge from the next ball as it goes to the cover region.

He gets one from the fifth ball before Smith turns the last ball to deep midwicket for one.

SA are 40 for no loss in 10 overs, with Smith on 21 and Petersen on 19.
21:15  SA 37-0 (9 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Petersen lets the first two deliveries from Ishant go through before the pacer gets it closer to the stumps beating the right-hander as he is forced to dab at it.

He is again beaten off the last ball as Ishant comes up with another good over, to start with two maidens in a row.
21:09  SA 37-0 (8 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Petersen inside edges the first ball on to his pads before he leaves the next two outside the off-stump.

Petersen picks a single from the fifth ball pulling it to deep square leg before Smith nearly edges a short delivery down the leg side.
21:04  SA 36-0 (7 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Ishant Sharma comes into the attack, replacing Zaheer after he bowled three overs for 17 runs.

Smith looks to turn the first ball through the leg side but it is stopped by the fielder at midwicket.

The next ball hits Smith on the pads as he again looks to play across but is saved by the bounce.

The third ball goes right through the SA captain, cutting him in half. Good start by Ishant. The next delivery again comes in with a bit of extra bounce but again he is hit high on the pads.

Good start from Ishant.
20:58  SA 36-0 (6 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Petersen nudges Shami on the leg side for a single before Smith does the same two balls later.

Shami has got his range now as only two singles come from that over after two expensive at the start of his spell.
20:54  SA 33-0 (5 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

India's pacers started to find their rhythm as Zaheer gets Petersen to edge one but again it has flown past the slips for a boundary.

Already seven boundaries in the first five overs as SA race to 33 for no loss in five overs.
20:51   SA 29-0 (4 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Shami continues to leak boundaries as Smith pushes a full delivery past mid-off for his third four.

Shami has conceded three four in his first seven deliveries as SA have got off the blocks in a rush.

He is nearly beaten off the fourth ball as he makes a late decision to leave the ball but edges it past gully for another four.
20:47  SA 21-0 (3 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Petersen turns Zaheer on the leg side for a single, and Smith picks one to mid-on as the fielder fumbles.

Zaheer gets his line and length right for the rest of the over, forcing Petersen to defend.
20:42  SA 19-0 (2 ovs) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Mohammed Shami is greeted to the crease with two boundaries in a row by Petersen. Both the deliveries are full and on the pads which Petersen flicks through square leg for the same result to give SA a flying start.

The fifth ball is on the leg side which Petersen hits on the leg side but this time only for one.
20:39  SA 10-0 (1 ov) vs India 334 all | Scorecard

Zaheer Khan to bowl the first over of the Indian innings as Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen walk out to bat.

The first two balls are defended by Smith before he drives it through the covers for a boundary before he takes a single and Petersen does the same from the next ball.

The last ball is full which Smith punches through midwicket for another four as SA get 10 runs from the first over.
20:37  India 334 all out (111.3 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

India were 320 for five at one stage, before losing five wickets in 29 deliveries for 14 runs.

Steyn was instrumental in South Africa's comeback as he took six wickets for 100 runs in 30 overs, while Morkel claimed three for 50 in 23.3 overs.

Wicketkeeper AB de Villiers was brilliant behind the stumps, taking five wickets, including a couple down the leg side.
20:22   India 334 all out (111.3 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Morkel comes into the attack. He takes just three balls to end the Indian innings as Shami steers it to Smith at second slip to fall for one.

Rahane is left stranded on 51 from 121 balls as India are bowled out for 334 in 111.3 overs.
20:19  India 334-9 (111 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn continues as Rahane steers the first ball uppishly past gully to thirdman but he turns down the single.

The next ball is wide and outside the off-stump which Rahane allows to go to the keeper.

The third ball is a quick yorker which reverse swings into Rahane and it strikes him on the pads. Steyn has a huge appeal for LBW but umpire Steyn turns it down with the ball clearly looking to be heading down the leg side.

The fourth ball is a full toss but Rahane gently drives it to mid-on.

Steyn looking to keep the ball away from Rahane but it is sprayed too much outside the off-stump and is called a wide.

The last ball is short and wide which Rahane tries to cut to thirdman but misses.

20:14  India 333-9 (110 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane drives Duminy to sweeper cover for a single to bring up his half-century, from 112 balls. He took a single from the first ball, exposing Shami for the next five deliveries of the over against Duminy.

Shami is beaten off the next ball as Duminy slants it across him before he slaps the next to sweeper cover for a single to get off the mark.

Rahane sweeps the last ball to fine leg for a single to retain strike.
20:10   India 330-9 (109 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane takes a single from the first ball to take his score to 49. But Zaheer Khan falls off the next delivery, caught behind off Steyn for a duck.

Zaheer threw his bat at a wide ball but get a thick outside edge as wicketkeeper AB de Villiers plucked it out of mid air with one hand, leaping high to his right. He barely had time to react to it!

Steyn completes his five-wicket haul, with all his wickets coming on the second day.

Ishant Sharma tries to flick Steyn but it hits his pads before going fine for a boundary. The next ball is a half volley which Ishant drives through the covers for a four to get off the mark.

Steyn gets revenge from the next delivery as Ishant edges back on the length delivery to be caught behind for four.

Rahane, on 49, has a long chat with lastman Mohammed Shami, who ducks under the last ball of that over.
20:00   India 321-7 (108 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane sweeps Duminy to fine leg region for a single to take his score to 48, his highest scorer in Test cricket.

Jadeja (0) is dismissed off the next delivery as he edges one and Kallis at first slip pouches his 200th catch in Test cricket. An important milestone for the all-rounder in his final Test match.

India slip yet again with wickets in successive overs to be reduced to 321 for seven, in the 108th over.


19:56   India 320-6 (107 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn continues his wicket ways as he claims the wicket of India captain Dhoni for 24. The right-hander went after a wide full delivery from Steyn but managed only an edge which was taken by his opposite number Smith at first slip, to give Steyn his fourth wicket.

Dhoni and Rahane put on 55 runs for the sixth wicket at nearly four runs per over to keep the scoreboard moving at a good rate after tea.

New batsman Ravindra Jadeja is beaten off the first ball as Steyn slants it across him before there is a stifled appeal for LBW off the next ball but the impact is high on the pads.
19:46  India 320-5 (106 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane defends the first two deliveries from Duminy, bowling from over the wicket. He taps the third ball to mid-off for a quick single as Dhoni is late to respond to the call but makes it safely.

Dhoni plays the paddle sweep for a couple to the fine leg region. The next shot is the orthodox sweep shot which goes to fine leg for one.


19:43  India 316-5 (105 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dhoni is beaten by Steyn as he pokes his bat at one outside the off-stump which shapes in slightly, with a hint of reverse swing.

The India captain then turns the second ball to midwicket for a single.

Despite being hit twice on the body, Rahane is brave enough to take on a short ball from Steyn but fails to get hold of it for a single to midwicket.
19:39  India 314-5 (104 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Part-timer JP Duminy is brought into the attack. The first ball is wide and short which Rahane cuts to sweeper on the off-side for one.

Dhoni takes one from the fifth ball on the leg side before Rahane defends the last ball to mid-off.
19:34  India 310-5 (103 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn comes back, to replace Morkel. Rahane turns the second ball on the leg side for one before drives it through the covers for a couple.

Three balls in a row are let through to the keeper before Dhoni flicks it behind square on the leg side for a couple.
19:28  India 307-5 (102 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Peterson bowls a wide half volley which Rahane drives through the off-side for a boundary to take India past the 300-run mark, in the 102nd over.

Three balls later he again tries to play the drive, but gets an edge which goes past the fielder at first slip for another four before taking one from the fifth ball.
19:26  India 298-5 (101 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dhoni must be one of the rare batsmen around who lets a short ball from a fast bowler him on his body. Morkel pitches and Dhoni lets it hit him on his thigh pad.

The third ball is short and wide and Dhoni crashes it through point for a boundary. The last ball also gets the same treatment as India gets the scoreboard moving with some positive shots. 
19:20  India 289-5 (100 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dhoni chips down the track to Peterson and takes a quick single to mid-off before Rahane drives a full delivery to sweeper cover for one.

Dhoni again gives Peterson the charge but is forced to defend it back to the bowler. He takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.

India are 289 for five in 100 overs, with Rahane on 34 and Dhoni on seven.
19:17  India 286-5 (99 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane gets two runs from the first ball as he drives Morkel straight but it hits Dhoni bat who is trying to get back to the crease and it deflects to mid-off.

Four balls later, he cuts a short wide delivery over point region for a boundary to take his score to 33.

The last ball is defended confidently off the front foot.
19:14  India 280-5 (98 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dhoni gives Peterson the charge and lofts him over midwicket for a boundary, his first of the innings.

The next ball is also hit back to the bowler but it falls just short and then defends the rest of the over.
19:13  India 276-5 (97 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dhoni drives Morkel through the covers for a single before Rahane defends the second ball.

The right-hander starts with caution and plays out the remaining four deliveries.
19:10  India 275-5 (96 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Peterson to resume after the tea break. The first ball is a long hop which Rahane pulls to midwicket for a boundary to start the session in confident fashion.

18:45  TEA - DAY 2

India 271
-5 (95 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Morkel to bowl the final over of the session. Rahane plays out the over with caution to take India to 271 for five in 95 overs at the tea break on Day 2.

Rahane looked solid on 23 from 72 balls despite having a few problems against the short deliveries from Steyn, while Dhoni is yet to get off the mark.

India scored 90 runs in 34 overs for the loss of four wickets in the post lunch session.
18:37  India 270-5 (94 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Peterson drops short and Rahane rocks back to pull it through midwicket for a boundary to take his score to 21.

The fifth ball turned a bit taking the edge of Rahane's bat but goes through point for a single.

Dhoni comes forward to defend the last ball of the over.
18:35   India 265-5 (93 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

India lose another wicket to a short ball down the leg side as this time Kohli is caught by keeper AB de Villiers after scoring 46 from 87 balls.

Kohli came inside the line and was looking to nudge it fine but got a thin edge. Morkel gets his second wicket of the innings as Kohli falls in exactly the same manner as Vijay, who got out to Steyn.

Kohli and Pujara steadied the innings with a cautious partnership of 66 runs for the fifth wicket.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is struck on the ribs as he takes a short ball on his body.
18:30  India 265-4 (92 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Peterson comes back after the pacers fail to make the new ball count and he replaces Philander.

Kohli drives the second ball through the off-side for a single before Rahane takes one two balls later and Kohli gets one on the leg side.

Some turn for Peterson off the last ball as he beats Rahane who pokes at one outside the off-stump.
18:24  India 262-4 (91 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli continues to be busy as he taps Morkel on the off-side and picks an easy single.

Morkel tries a bouncer at Rahane but slips it down the leg side before he confidently blocks another short ball.

He plays out the last three balls as India look comfortable yet again after those initial strikes by Steyn.
18:21  India 261-4 (90 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli offers no stroke to a wide delivery from Philander before he slides one down the pads which the right-hander flicks through midwicket for a four.

He played the second ball on the leg side for a single before Rahane is content to play out the last two balls of the over.

India are 261 for four in 90 overs with Kohli on 43 from 80 balls, while Rahane is on 16 from 53 balls.
18:15  India 256-4 (89 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Morkel comes back for his first stint with the second new ball and he replaces Steyn.

Kohli tries to cut the short ball but it stays low and he is beaten before the next one comes in sharply as the right-hander inside edges the defensive shot on to his pads.

He turns the last ball to fine leg region for a single.
18:12  India 255-4 (88 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane nudges Philander through midwicket for a couple before he defends the next ball with a straight bat.

The last two deliveries are also easily seen off by Rahane, who is gaining in confidence with every passing minute at the crease.
18:07  India 253-4 (87 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

A single each for Kohli and Rahane before Steyn bowls a short ball which bounces high over the batsman and is called a wide. That brings up the 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket between the two young batsmen from 106 deliveries.

Steyn goes round the wicket and tries a short ball but Kohli, it seems was waiting for it, as he pulls it with some authority through midwicket for a four.
18:01  India 246-4 (86 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Not much help for Philander with the new ball as Kohli defends the first four deliveries and then takes a quick single o the off-side.

Kohli and Rahane have steadied the Indian innings after Steyn's triple strike earlier in the day. They have put on 47 runs so far.
17:53  India 245-4 (85 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Rahane plays a cracking straight drive as he punches a full delivery back past the bowler for his third four.

As expected, an angry Steyn bangs it short and this time hits Rahane on the shoulder as he looked to duck under it.

The last ball is short but slides down the leg side and Rahane goes for the pull but misses.
17:45  India 239-4 (83 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli is not scared of the short deliveries from Steyn as he rocks back and pulls it to deep square leg for one.

Steyn then bowls a quick bouncer (142.2kph) to Rahane, who ducks under it. The fourth ball is full and Rahane comes forward to defend it on the off-side.

Steyn tries another short ball to Rahane, who rocks back and pulls it square for a cracking boundary.
17:41  India 234-4 (82 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli not wasting any opportunity to score runs as he hammers a short wide delivery from Philander through the covers for a boundary.

Three balls later he punches it back past the bowler for three runs as India look to get back on track.
17:37  India 227-4 (81 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn is back to operate with the second new ball. Kohli looks to defend the second ball, which is fuller, but gets a thick edge which goes through point for three runs.

Rahane is then struck on the helmet as he tried duck under a short ball. He looks okay as he defends the last ball of that over.
17:33  India 224-4 (80 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli continues to keep the scoreboard moving with another single off Peterson on the leg side.

Rahane continues his tactics of blocking everything that comes his way, he is on five from 27 balls, while Kohli is on 18 from 46 balls.

India are 224 for four in 80 overs before SA straightaway take the second new ball.
17:29  India 223-4 (79 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli nudges Kallis on the leg side for a single before Rahane edges one but it bounces a few times before going through the slips for a boundary, his first of the innings.

Just one more over to go for the second new ball.
17:28  India 218-4 (78 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Peterson will continue and his end will give the Indians some relief with a continuous burst of pace from the other end.

Kohli is playing with patience as he blocks the first five balls before he gets a single from the last ball to midwicket.
17:26  India 217-4 (77 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli looking confident as he punches a full delivery from Kallis down the ground past mid-off for his second boundary.

Three balls later, he turns one on the pads to midwicket for a single before Rahane defends the last ball.
17:21  India 212-4 (76 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Peterson will continue, looking to race through his overs. Kohli taps him to point for a single from the third delivery before Rahane plays out the rest of the over.

South Africa have dried up the runs while also picking up three early wickets to make a good comeback.
17:16  India 211-4 (75 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Philander continues as Rahane lets the first ball go through before defending the next one. The trend continues for the rest of the over as Philander bowls another maiden over, his sixth in a total of 16 overs.
17:12  India 211-4 (74 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson comes into the attack as SA look to give their pacers some rest ahead of the new ball.

Rahane hits the third ball on the off-side for a single to get off the mark, while Kohli is content to play with caution.
17:10  India 210-4 (73 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Vernon Philander replaces Steyn, who took three wickets in his previous spell.

Kohli is content to defend as he along with Rahane look to rebuild India's innings after the three quick wickets.

The new ball is not far away and SA will be looking to make more damage with the second new cherry.
17:04   India 210-4 (72 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Kohli turns Kallis on the leg side for a single before Ajinkya Rahane defends the next delivery with a straight bat.

Rahane gets a leg bye as he misses the flick before Kohli pulls a short ball to deep square leg for one.
16:59  India 207-4 (71 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn on a hat-trick but Kohli flicks that delivery through midwicket for a boundary.

He steers the fourth ball past point for a couple but is struck on the pads off the next delivery as Steyn's loud appeal for LBW is turned down by umpire Steve Davies.

Suddenly, Steyn creating all sorts of problems for the Indian batsmen to bring some life back into the South African fans.
16:54  India 200-4 (70 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

India's batting great Rahul Dravid on commentary says he was surprised as to why Rohit Sharma offered no stroke to that delivery as hit the middle of middle stump.

Jacques Kallis comes into the attack as Kohli defends the first four deliveries before pulling the fifth to deep square leg for a single to get off the mark and bring up India's 200.
16:52   India 199-4 (69 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn is on fire after the wicket in his previous over. He bowls a good short delivery to Vijay, who drops his wrists and is struck on the shoulder.

It is the short delivery which pays off for Steyn as Vijay looks to defend it but gets a glove and is caught down the leg side by keeper de Villiers.

Vijay walks back disappointed after a good innings of 97 from 226 deliveries, laced with 18 fours.

Two wickets in the space of nine deliveries for Steyn, who went wicketless for nearly 70 overs before that.

And Rohit Sharma is dismissed off the very first delivery, offering no stroke as the ball comes in and shatters his stumps.

India slip from 198 for one to 199 for four, losing three wickets for one run in the space of 15 deliveries.

Steyn has picked three wickets in 10 deliveries for no runs.
16:45  It took a long time for Steyn to get a wicket, before he scalped Pujara in his previous over, says Mohandas Menon on Twitter.

"Finally a Test wicket for Dale Steyn after 69.2 overs! His figures between two Test wickets (Dhawan & Pujara) 69.2-17-217-0," he wrote.
16:44  India 199-2 (68 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Vijay turns Morkel to the fine leg region for a single to take his score to 97.

Kohli taking his time to get his eye in as he plays another four dot balls to finish off the over from Morkel.

16:43   India 198-2 (67 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dale Steyn has finally got a wicket after a long wait of 69.2 overs. Pujara is caught behind after a good innings of 70 as India lose an early wicket on Day 2.

A full delivery from Steyn forces Pujara to play at it but it moves away enough to take the edge and AB de Villiers completes an easy catch.

Pujara and Vijay laid the perfect foundation for India with a 157-run partnership for the second wicket.

Steyn bowls a short of good length delivery to new batsman Virat Kohli, who defends it on the leg side before ducking under the next.
16:33  India 198-1 (66 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Vijay is content to play safe against Morkel as he offers no stroke to deliveries outside the off-stump.

Another maiden over from Morkel, his second in a row to Vijay.

The sun is shining bright at Kingsmead and conditions are perfect for cricket out in the middle.
16:28  India 198-1 (65 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Pujara flicks Steyn behind square on the leg side for a couple to raise the 150-run stand for the second wicket from 308 balls.

South Africa have not learnt from their earlier mistake. Again the huge gap between the first and second slip proves crucial as Pujara's edge goes right through that gap for a boundary.

And now Graeme Smith comes closer to block that big gap, but the damage has already been done.

Both Vijay and Pujara have enjoyed early reprieves because of poor tactics from South Africa in terms of their fielding position.

Pujara steers the fifth delivery past point for a couple as the outfield has slowed considerably because of the rain in the morning.

16:23   India 190-1 (64 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Morkel tries a bouncer at Vijay, who is happy to duck under it before letting the next one go through to the keeper.

He is happy to play out a maiden over, not wanting to take a risk so close to his century.
16:19  India 190-1 (63 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

Dale Steyn to bowl the second over. Vijay gets lucky as the thick outside edge evades the fielder at wide second slip for a boundary, through the huge gap between the first and second slip fielder.

A bit of reverse swing for Steyn as the ball comes in forcing Vijay to defend with a straight bat. He nudges the last ball on the leg side for a single to retain strike.
16:15   India 185-1 (62 overs) vs SA | Scorecard

India in a comfortable position as they resume on 181 for one in 61 overs.

Murali Vijay showed great application to score 91, while Cheteshwar Pujara continued his good run to score a steady 58 as the duo put India on top after Shikhar Dhawan's early dismissal.

Morne Morkel to bowl the first over of the day and facing him will be Pujara, who offers no shot to the first ball.

Two more leaves before Pujara drives it through the covers for a boundary for the first runs of the day.

The fifth ball is again left alone before Pujara defends the last all confidently off the backfoot.
15:57  We have some good news from Kingsmead. The umpires have confirmed that play on the second day will begin at 1240 pm local time (1610 IST) after the long rain delay.

A minimum of 75 overs will have to be bowled on Day 2 with the option of extending play till 1800 local time (2130 IST).
15:48  Finally, the sun has come out in Durban and things are looking good for play to resume at Kingsmead soon, on the second day of the second and final Test match.

India 181-1 (61 overs) vs SA | Scorecard
15:39  With the rain having stopped sometime back, former South Africa fast bowler Shaun Pollock is hopeful that play could start by 1230 hours local time (1600 IST).

"Maybe play at 12-30pm local time! Holding Thumbs!!" he wrote on Twitter.
15:02  The umpires have decided that lunch will be taken at 1130 local time (1500 IST) which means the morning session has been washed out.

"It's still drizzling in Durban. The umpires have announced that lunch will be taken at 11h30," wrote Cricket South Africa on Twitter.

India 181-1 (61 overs) vs SA | Scorecard
14:38  It seems the rain is getting heavier in Durban, confirms BCCI on Twitter.

"14:35 IST - Still no play at Kingsmead and the stubborn weather is yet to show signs of improvement. Rain has become heavier."
14:26   It continues to rain at the Wanderers and the covers are still in place. Persistent rain since morning has raised possibility of a washout on Day 2.

According to Mohandas Menon on Twitter: "The last occasion the entire day's play was washed out at Kingsmead, Durban: the 4th day - on 29 December 2000 (SA v SL - drawn)."
13:44   Just as the groundstaff were getting to ready to take off the covers, it has started to drizzle again at Kingsmead.

For now, the players are sitting in the comforts of their dressing room, waiting for the rain to stop.

Cricket South Africa posted a picture of the Kingsmead stadium under covers this morning on Twitter.

As soon as we get any further updates from Durban, we will keep you posted.
13:40  Finally, some good news from Durban, courtesy of BCCI's Twitter account.

"13:25 IST: The rain has stopped and covers are coming off at the Kingsmead. Hopefully, we will have play soon
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12:58  Rain has delayed start of Day 2 of the second Test between India and South Africa in Durban, on Friday.

Play was supposed to start at 1300 hours IST but a spell of rain early morning forced the start to be delayed at Kingsmead.

Already, a lot of time was on the opening day because of bad light with the umpires calling off play early.

India had made 181 for one in 61 overs with Murali Vijay on 91 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 58 after electing to bat.