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Indians crash for 76 before lunch

AHMADABAD, India — South African fast bowler Dale Steyn snapped up five wickets for 23 runs as India were dismissed for 76 off 120 deliveries before lunch in a remarkable start to the second Test in Ahmadabad.

It was a stark contrast to the first Test at Chennai, when the bowlers toiled for 25 wickets for 1498 runs over the five days.

It was the first time that India had been all out in the first session of a Test and they managed one run more than their lowest total at home, made against West Indies in 1987.

The Indians elected to bat but South Africa were able to start their first innings before the first interval. They finished the day on 223 for four, with a lead of 147.

Fifth-wicket pair Jacques Kallis and AB de Villers shared an unbroken stand of 106 in 34.1 overs. At stumps Kallis was 60 and de Villiers 59.

Makhaya Ntini, who picked up three wickets in his first four overs, made the first breakthrough as opener Wasim Jaffer (9) fiddled with an outswinging delivery to offer a low catch to skipper Graeme Smith at first slip.

Steyn clean bowled opener Virender Sehwag, who made a triple century in the first test, for six when he edged a sharp delivery on to his off-stump.

Ntini, who finished with three for 18, added to India’s woes by clean bowling V.V.S. Laxman (3) and Sourav Ganguly (0) in the space of three deliveries that had India tottering at 30-4.

Laxman shouldered arms to an inswinging delivery, only to turn back and watch his shattered stumps, while Ganguly edged on an in-cutter.

Rahul Dravid (3) held up his end for 51 minutes and featured in the innings’ highest stand of 26 for the fifth wicket with Mahendra Dhoni (14) before he became the second of Steyn’s victims when he too played a delivery on to the stumps.

Dhoni was caught behind by Mark Boucher off Morne Morkel (2-20), who sent back skipper Kumble without scoring two balls later.

Steyn went on to claim five wickets for the eighth time in his 23-test career by dismissing Harbhajan Singh (1), Rudra Pratap Singh (0) and Shantakumaran Sreesanth (0).

Slumping to 56-8 after a lackluster batting display on a lively pitch, India surpassed their previous lowest total against South Africa, 66, when top-scorer Irfan Pathan (21 not out) put on 20 runs for the ninth wicket with Rudra Pratap Singh, who was among four batsmen who failed to score.

India’s previous lowest against the Proteas at home was 113 in Mumbai seven years ago. E-mail to a friend

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April 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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