Boucher and Harris frustrate Pakistan

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 14:40 [IST]
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Lahore: Mark Boucher and tail-ender Paul Harris foiled Pakistan's bid to wrap up the South African innings early on day two of the second Test here on Tuesday.

Boucher (35) and Harris (32) added 63 runs for the stubborn eighth wicket stand to help South Africa reach 322-7 at lunch at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The defiant stand meant the home team was unable to build on their advantage of the first day when they captured the prized wickets of Jacques Kallis and AB De Villiers in the last session.

Resuming at 259-6, the tourists lost overnight batsman Andre Nel on the fifth ball of the day when Umar Gul produced a rising delivery which caught the glove and safely landed in the hands of Misbah-ul Haq at short-leg.

Nel failed to score.

Despite the early wicket Pakistan failed to dislodge Harris as the gutsy tail-ender improved his best Test score of 11 made against India in Cape Town earlier this year.

Harris negotiated Gul and Mohammad Asif well and twice swept Danish Kaneria to the square-leg boundary to help the tourists post 300. He has so far hit five boundaries, one more than his partner Boucher.

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik once again used three bowlers in the first 90 minutes and only brought in left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman for a short spell of four overs.

Kaneria and Gul have taken two wickets apiece.

Brief Score (at lunch, D-2):

South Africa (overnight 259/6) 322 for 7 (Prince 63, Kallis 59, Graeme Smith 46, AB de Villiers 45, Boucher 35 n o, Harris 32 n o; Kaneria 2 for 101, Gul 2 for 94, Rehman 1 for 30, Asif 1 for 72) Vs Pakistan




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