Steyn stars for Proteas

Salisbury Journal: Dale Steyn, second from left, claimed six wickets in Durban (AP) Dale Steyn, second from left, claimed six wickets in Durban (AP)

Dale Steyn's brutal six-wicket haul ended a 68-over drought to condemn India to a comprehensive batting collapse in the second Test in Durban.

Not content with three wickets for 38 in his first nine-over spell on day two at Kingsmead, Steyn skittled India's tail in a deadly evening-session attack.

The fired-up Proteas snared three wickets in two overs between lunch and tea, after heavy rain washed out the morning session.

Then the 30-year-old paceman spearheaded South Africa's relentless charge that squeezed India from 320 for five to 334 all out in just 29 balls.

In his devastating second spell, Steyn claimed three for 13 from four overs.

India had resumed on 181 for one on the second day of the second and final Test in the series.

But the tourists lost nine wickets for just 153 runs as Steyn returned to form to terrorise India's batting line-up.

Only Virat Kohli (46) and Ajinkya Rahane (51 not out) were able to hand India any batting credit on day two as they laboured against Steyn's exemplary fast bowling.

Cheteshwar Pujara (70) was unable to augment his overnight score of 58, and Murali Vijay (97) failed to register his first Test century outside India.

Rahane claimed his first Test half-century, to add to the 47 he scored at Johannesburg.

The 25-year-old was struck on the helmet and the arm from Steyn's fearsome bowling, but emerged unruffled to hit his first milestone Test score.

MS Dhoni helped Rahane steady the innings, until he edged Steyn to Graeme Smith at slip.

And then Jacques Kallis, playing his 166th and final Test match, claimed his 200th Test catch as JP Duminy removed Ravindra Jadeja.

That sparked the final capitulation, with Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami unseated without issue.

Captain Smith and Alviro Petersen then guided South Africa safely to the close of play, with the Proteas 82 without loss.

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