S Africa gain lead over India, but suffer Steyn blow

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    CAPE TOWN, Jan 6 : South Africa built a sizeable lead after reaching 65 for two against India at the close on day two of the first test at Newlands on Saturday but must finish the match without pace bowler Dale Steyn who suffered another injury setback.

    Hashim Amla (four not out) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two not out) will seek to extend the home side’s advantage of 142 runs with eight second-innings wickets remaining after they bowled India out for 209 on a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance for the bowlers.

    Steyn, who only returned to the side for this match after 14 months out with a shoulder injury, left the field having bowled 17.
    3 overs and went for scans on an injured heal.

    South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed Steyn’s worst fears as he now faces four-six weeks on the sidelines with tissue damage after landing awkwardly in his delivery stride.

    (Agencies)