South African pacer Dale Steyn grabbed his first Test wicket after returning to international cricket. On the first day of the opening Test match, Steyn sent Shikhar Dhawan (16) back to the pavilion. By taking Dhawan’s wicket, Steyn took his career tally to 418 wickets.
Steyn, who was absent from international cricket for a long time due to career-threatening shoulder injury, bowled out Indian wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha on the second day for a duck, taking his tally to 419 wickets. Now, he is just two behind Proteas record-holder Shaun Pollock. If Steyn manages to take two more wickets in the opening Test, he would equal the record of Pollock.
While talking about Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander said, “Having him back after such a long time is special to a lot of us. He has been the spearhead of this attack for such a long time. We wanted to get close to 300, which I think is a lot of runs on this wicket,” he added.
Earlier, after winning the toss, South Africa chose to bat and scored 286 runs. Following the target, visitors lost three early wickets, including that of Indian opener Murali Vijay (1), Shikhar Dhawan (16) and Virat Kohli (5) as the day ended.
On the second day of first Test match, India started from 28 for three but soon Rohit Sharma (11) gifted his wicket to Kagiso Rabada. After Rohit, Cheteshwar Pujara lost his wicket for 26 runs and soon Ravichandran Ashwin (12) and Wriddhiman Saha (0) followed his steps.
Currently, Hardika Pandya (55) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1) is at the crease.