Dale Steyn ripped into the formidable Indian batting line-up, taking 5 for 23 to bowl them out for a paltry 76, their second-lowest total while batting at home, behind their 75 against West Indies in 1987 while playing in Delhi.
Steyn would have licked his lips at the smattering of grass on the Motera pitch, and he was in the act soon enough, forcing an inside edge off Virender Sehwag. This was a vital scalp, as he had gotten rid of South Africa's main tormentor from the previous Test, and set the tone for India's collapse.
Makhaya Ntini then sent back Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to have India in dire straights at 30 for 4. India's fortunes depended on Rahul Dravid, who has been an obstacle to many teams in such situations. But Dravid could not find success on the day as Steyn cleaned him up with a peach of a delivery - one which seamed away just a shade before shaving
the top of off stump. Dravid's dismissal was followed by a Morne Morkel double-strike which took care of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Anil Kumble as India were in further trouble at 55 for 7.
India's lower order was not going to pose much of a challenge to Steyn, whose last three wickets were interspersed by an unbeaten 21 from Irfan Pathan. Harbhajan Singh was Steyn's third victim, trapped by a ball which pitched on middle and then straightened.
Steyn then proceeded to remove RP Singh and Sreesanth in his eighth over, which is the least number of overs taken by a South African to claim a five-for, behind Jacques Kallis' five-for against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, which came in 4.3 overs. He dismissed RP with a bouncer, which the batsman fended to Graeme Smith at first slip, before rearranging Sreesanth's stumps to claim the seventh five-for of his career.