Despite breakthroughs SA posts 353/9

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2001, 22:35 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: India made important breakthroughs in the second half of the first session on the second day but was unable to finish it off as South Africa reached 353 for nine at lunch in the second Test match here on Saturday.The visitors heaved a sigh of relief when Sachin Tendulkar finally got rid of Herschelle Gibbs for 196, 20 minutes before the break but wicket-keeper Mark Boucher continued to be a thorn in the Indian flesh with an explosive unbeaten 60. The Indians got a wicket early in the day in the form of South African captain Shaun Pollock (3) with the visitors resuming on their overnight 237 for five. But Gibbs and Boucher, who got a life early in his innings, added 79 runs for the seventh wicket to put South Africa in a solid position. Gibbs, who was on 155 at close on Friday, batted confidently and was well set for his second Test double century before falling to Tendulkar. He went for a late cut, a shot he had played to good use in his innings, but couldn't find the gap. The ball went straight to Virender Sehwag in the gully, who accepted the catch gleefully. Gibbs faced 354 balls during his 442 minute knock and hit 25 boundaries and a six. Tendulkar got very near to getting more wickets but the edges and snicks off Boucher and Makhaya Ntini kept falling in no man's land. PTI
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