India struggling to save Durban Test (Lunch Report)

Durban, Dec 30 : India were struggling to save the second Test against South Africa as they took a slender lead of seven runs and had just three wickets in hand at lunch on the fifth and the final day at the Kingsmead here Monday.

Resuming at 68/2 in the second innings, India suffered a batting collapse in the first session losing five wickets for 86 runs before reaching 173 for seven at lunch. Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 50, his second half-century in the match, and Zaheer Khan two.

India were put on the back-foot immediately in the morning as Dale Steyn removed overnight batsmen Virat Kohli (11) with the first ball of the day and Cheteshwar Pujara (32) in his second over.

Kohli was given out catch behind, playing at a fast, rising delivery outside his off stump.

But TV replays showed that umpire Rod Tucker may have got it wrong as the ball seemed to have brushed his shirt sleeve after going past the outside edge of his bat. Pujara was the next to go, as his off stump was rattled while he attempted a forward defensive stroke.

Vernon Philander dismissed Rohit Sharma (25) trapping him leg before. It was Rohit's highest in the series so far. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni (15) and Ravindra Jadeja (8) in the same over to leave India struggling at 154/7.

Dhoni was out giving a catching practice to Alviro Petersen at midwicket while Jadeja gifted away his wicket in a foolish way. Having hit Peterson for a straight six down the ground, Jadeja tried to repeat the same shot but sliced the ball high to mid-off where Morne Morkel took a good catch.

--IANS (Posted on 30-12-2013)

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