With their differing characteristics when it comes to world-class fast bowling, Morné Morkel and Dale Steyn have always been a handful at SuperSport Park in Centurion, and it certainly proved that way in the only Test South Africa has played against India at the venue, in December 2010.
India were sent in to bat and reduced to a parlous 136 for nine on a weather-shortened first day on which Morkel and Steyn shared seven of the wickets to fall.
Morkel (12.4-5-20-5) completed his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests four balls into the second day when he trapped Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lbw for 33, while Steyn had won a thrilling battle the previous day with Sachin Tendulkar by bowling him for 36, top score in the awful innings, and finished with three for 34.
"Myself and Dale are different bowlers. I'm six-foot-five but he is a bit shorter. I need to use my strength, which is my bounce. I don't get a lot of swing and shape off the pitch, but Dale does," Morkel said at the time.
Sadly, the pair of Multiply Titans fast bowlers will not be able to team up again against the Indians because Steyn has a bruised heel and will not be able to play again before the end of the series.
Steyn claimed another four wickets and Morkel two in the second innings to condemn India to an innings defeat in the opening match of the series, but the then (as now) world number ones would eventually manage to fight back and draw the rubber 1-1.
South Africa marched to 620 for four declared in their innings, Jacques Kallis going to his maiden Test double-hundred, AB de Villiers lashing South Africa’s then fastest century and Hashim Amla also reaching three figures.
Judging by the South African pace attack’s impressive display in the win in Cape Town on Monday, Morkel is going to employ similar tactics at SuperSport Park when the second Test starts on Saturday.
"It's the most important thing not to forget your aggression, they weren't sure whether to go forward or back,” Morkel said back in 2010.
He will be going all out to ensure the Indian batsmen are in the same quandary this weekend again.