A superb partnership of 249 between Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar took India past 300, and thus past the South African first innings total in the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Sehwag was out to part time bowler JP Duminy for 165 and Tendulkar fell to Paul Harris for 106.
India saw a mini collapse afer the superb third wicket stand as S Badrinath too fell, bowled Dale Steyn, for 1.
India was 342 for 5, from just 76 overs, at stumps on the second day.
VVS Laxman on 9 and nightwatchman Amit Mishra on 1 was at the crease.
Earlier, India reached 232 for two in the first innings at tea on the second day of the second cricket Test against South Africa at the Eden Gardens here Monday.
Virender Sehwag was batting at 125 and Sachin Tendulkar 65. India trail by 64 runs.
South Africa were bowled out for 296 in the morning.
Earlier,Gautam Gambhir (25) was needlessly run out following a Sehwag faux pas, while Murali Vijay (7) was lapped up behind the wicket when he poked a Morne Morkel delivery just outside the off stump.
Sehwag completed his 22nd Test 50 but was lucky to survive when Duminy dropped a dolly at first slip, off Morkel.
Gambhir and Sehwag gave the Indian essay a flying start, as they came up with some fluent shots to bring up the 50 in only 37 minutes.
Sehwag picked up India’s first Test nemesis Dale Steyn for special treatment hitting three consecutive boundaries in his second over, courtesy a drive past backward point, a short arm pull through square leg and another upper cut past point as 15 came from the over.
Steyn got some of the deliveries to rise steeply, but at times wavered on the length.
But there was no stopping Sehwag, who launched a savage assault on Morkel with three fours in the bowler’s third over, as India scored at seven per over to race to 49 in seven overs.
Wayne Parnell was introduced as the first change, but Sehwag welcomed him with a upper cut six over thirdman before another boundary via the cover point region.
But the partnership was broken at 73, as the solid-looking Gambhir returned to the pavilion. The Delhi batsman edged Parnell to the square leg area, and Sehwag called him for a second run before suddenly deciding otherwise to leave Gambhir stranded in the middle.
The South African pacers softened up Vijay with a series of short pitched stuff before his 18-minute stay came to an end. Morkel bowled full-length and Vijay went for a defensive probe only to manage an edge to stand-in-skipper A.B. de Villiers.
Earlier, resuming at 266 for nine, the South African last pair of Parnell (12) and Morkel (11 not out) added 30 more runs in 18 minutes, thanks to some loose bowling by the Indian bowlers.
Zaheer finally brought the innings to an end by getting Parnell leg before to finish with figures of four for 94.(IANS)