Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
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26 Dec 2013
12:21 pm

India Test lunch report: Morkel restricts Indian top order

Wesley Botton

Morne Morkel struck in Thursday’s morning session as South Africa broke India’s early momentum on the first day of the second Test in Durban. Shikhar Dhawan seemed determined to put the hosts on the back foot early in the match, giving the tourists a bright start to the deciding match of the two-Test series. He […]

India's Shikhar Dhawan bats on day one of the second cricket test match between India and South Africa at the Sahara Stadium , Kingsmead, in Durban, on December 26 , 2013

Morne Morkel struck in Thursday’s morning session as South Africa broke India’s early momentum on the first day of the second Test in Durban.

Shikhar Dhawan seemed determined to put the hosts on the back foot early in the match, giving the tourists a bright start to the deciding match of the two-Test series.

He was removed, however, with Morkel’s first ball after the drinks break when the opener got a thick outside edge to Alviro Petersen in the slips, after facing 49 balls for his 29 runs.

Morkel, who injured his ankle in the first Test at the Wanderers, which ended in a thrilling draw, was cleared to play at Kingsmead but turned out with strapping on both his lower legs.

Dhawan’s dismissal put the brakes on India’s quick run rate and the tourists, who won the toss, were on 76/1 at the lunch break.