Steyn's big swingers have India rocking and reeling

India 183-6 v South Africa
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Dale Steyn produced another magnificent exhibition of fast outswing bowling to scythe through the Indian batting on the opening day of the second Test at Kingsmead. The world's top-ranked bowler followed his seven wickets in South Africa's innings victory in the first Test with 4 for 36. At the close, India were 183 for 6 from 56 overs.

Left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who struggled before lunch with two overs for 15 runs, returned to take 2 for 15 in seven overs. He also pulled off a sensational catch at wide mid-on when he snapped up VVS Laxman's well-struck pull off Steyn with his right hand.

After drizzle had delayed play for an hour, Steyn obtained vicious late away movement to have the opening batsmen Virender Sehwag (25) and Murali Vijay (19) caught behind.

Sehwag tried to drive a late away-swinger from Steyn but edged the ball to second slip. A superb delivery from Steyn drew Vijay forward before jagging away late to find the edge and give wicketkeeper Mark Boucher a simple catch. After lunch, Sachin Tendulkar (13) drove at a Tsotsobe delivery that was angled across him, edging a catch for Jacques Kallis.

Rahul Dravid and Laxman produced a 38-run partnership before Steyn sent down a delivery that bounced more than Dravid expected. The veteran, who had scored 25, gloved a simple catch to Boucher.

With India at 130 for 5 Cheteshwar Pujara (19) top-edged a hook at Tsotsobe and Boucher back-pedalled to claim the catch. Bad light ended play with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 20 and Harbhajan Singh on 15.