Protease make India follow-on in Nagpur Test

NAGPUR: Fast bowler Dale Steyn’s career-best seven for 51 helped South Africa to make India follow-on here on the third day of the first Test on Monday.

India struggling at 221-4 at tea, lost the remaining six wickets for only 12 runs and were all out for 233 against South Africa’s 558-8 declared in the first innings.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag cracked a fine century under pressure before South Africa hit back.

The explosive opener hit 15 fours in his 109-run knock and shared 136 runs for the fourth wicket with debutant Subramaniam Badrinath after India were reeling at 56-3 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur.

Sehwag was dismissed shortly after reaching his 18th Test century when he sliced a wide-ish delivery from paceman Wayne Parnell (1-31) to cover where Jean-Paul Duminy took a well-judged catch.

Badrinath made 56 while no other batsman could enter into double figure except opener Gautam Gambhir (12).

India are facing an uphill task of avoiding an innings defeat as they need 326 runs with full two days remaining.

The second and final Test between the world''s top two teams begins in Kolkata on February 14.

South Africa can snatch back the number one Test ranking from India if they win the series while the hosts need just a draw to remain on top.