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Dale Steyn doubtful with groin strain

Dale Steyn doubtful with goin strain
Dale Steyn did not come to bowl on day two for South Africa in the second innings of the first Test in Mohali.
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South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn is doubtful of bowling in the rest of the first Test against India in Mohali after suffering a groin strain while fielding on the first day.

Despite the injury, Steyn came out to bat in the first innings for South Africa and managed to score six runs from 14 deliveries.

However, the 32-year-old was unable to take the field for India’s second innings and was watching the proceedings from the side lines.

A twitter statement from Cricket South Africa revealed that Steyn did not bowl on the second day as a matter of precaution.

“Dale Steyn is off the field due to a tight right groin,” read the tweet.

“He is unlikely to take the field today as a precaution.”

South Africa’s spin consultant Claude Henderson is not sure if the top ranked Test bowler will be able to take the field on the third day.

"I think he's struggling,” said Henderson.

“I think he has got a groin strain and I can't see him bowling tomorrow.”

In the absence of Steyn, South Africa relied heavily on spin, extracting 25 of the 40 overs in India’s second innings from the trio of Simon Harmer, Dean Elgar and Imran Tahir.

Having bowled out South Africa for 184 in their first innings, India went into stumps on day two at 125 for two, with a lead of 142 runs in hand.

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