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India vs South Africa: Injured Dale Steyn ruled out of 1st Test, likely to miss series

Steyn appeared to have made a successful return, taking 2-51 in India's first innings to improve his career total to 419 wickets in 86 tests.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 07, 2018 14:38 IST ]
Image Source : AP Dale Steyn celebrates after taking the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.

The South African cricket team suffered a major blow as spearhead Dale Steyn damaged a tissue in his left heel during day two of the first Test against India. Steyn experienced scathing pain in his left foot during the match and left the field after delivering three balls off his 18th over. 

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As media reports suggest, the spearhead has a damaged tissue which will rule him out for a minimum period of four to six weeks which indefinitely leaves him out of the ongoing Test series against visitors India. 

Initial scans showed tissue damage around the bottom of Steyn's foot and near the heel, Moosajee said, and Steyn wouldn't be able to bowl again in the test in Cape Town. A decision on whether he would bat hadn't yet been made.

Steyn appeared to have made a successful return, taking 2-51 in India's first innings to improve his career total to 419 wickets in 86 tests. He needs another three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock and become South Africa's leading wicket-taker of all time in test cricket.

Steyn was making a return to Test cricket nearly after year as a major shoulder injury had kept the pacer out of play. The 34-year old seemed to have finally found his groove as he has been a huge threat to the Indian side where his figures were 2/51 in the first innings of the match. Steyn claimed the numbers of opener Shikhar Dhawan and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. 

Steyn appeared to have made a successful return, taking 2-51 in India's first innings to improve his career total to 419 wickets in 86 tests. He needs another three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock and become South Africa's leading wicket-taker of all time in test cricket.

(With AP Inputs)

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