Ashwell Prince and Herschelle Gibbs put on 94 runs for the fourth wicket Tuesday with South Africa on 165-4 at tea on day one of the second of three tests against India.
Gibbs was eventually caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the bowling of Sree Sreesanth for 63 as he edged an attempted hook shot. He had hit 13 boundaries in 88 balls.
Prince was 47 not out and Mark Boucher unbeaten on 27 at tea in an unbroken 43-run stand.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat at the Kingsmead Stadium as the Proteas attempted to rally after losing the first test by 121 runs.
India's opening bowlers dominated the morning session and took three wickets to leave South Africa at 67-3 at lunch.
It was important that South Africa's top order scored runs with Jacques Kallis out with a strained lower back. However, Smith mistimed a pull in the third over off Khan to be caught for 5 by Sachin Tendulkar at slip.
No. 3 batsman Hashim Amla was trapped leg-before-wicket by Khan for 1. A.B. de Villiers, promoted up the order ahead of Gibbs, was caught by Tendulkar for 9 while attempting a drive off Sreesanth.
Zaheer Khan had two for 5 before lunch to take two for 25 off 12 overs in total. Sreesanth had 2-49.