SA pace bowlers rout lifeless India

India were dismissed for a paltry 76 as South Africa dominated a dramatic first day of the second Test in Ahmedabad.

India were dismissed for a paltry 76 as South Africa dominated a dramatic first day of the second Test in Ahmedabad.

The tourists took just 20 overs to rip through India, with Dale Steyn (5-23) and Makhaya Ntini (3-18) leading the onslaught on a green-tinged wicket.

Only Mahendra Dhoni (14) and Irfan Pathan (21 not out) managed double figures, with extras adding 19 runs.

South Africa finished the day on 223-4, with Jacques Kallis (60) and AB de Villers (59) unbeaten at the crease.

Spinner Harbhajan Singh was the pick of India's lacklustre bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-49 on a day of complete contrast to the rich pickings on offer in the first Test in Chennai a week ago.

The Motera Stadium strip had been under close scrutiny in the build-up to the match, with groundsman Dhiraj Parsana under pressure to produce a sporting wicket after the flat-track debacle at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Three of the last four Tests in Ahmedabad have been drawn, but those matches were played in late October to December, not the searing April Gujarat heat.

Despite being greeted with a wicket looking to suit the faster bowlers, India captain Anil Kumble opted to bat first after winning the toss, a decision which suited his counterpart Graeme Smith.

And his fast bowlers responded magnificently, dismissing India for their second-lowest ever home total - BBC

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