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banner Saturday, 17 November, 2001, 18:47 GMT
Boucher warns of Pollock onslaught
Mark Boucher smashed 68 from just 70 balls
Mark Boucher smashed 68 from just 70 balls
South Africa's Mark Boucher has predicted more Shaun Pollock-inspired problems for India in the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Sunday's third day.

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India, replying to the home side's first-innings 362, fought back to end the second day on 182 for eight after pace bowler Pollock took four early wickets.

India's middle-order star VVS Laxman stroked a defiant 77 not out to save his team from the follow-on, on day two of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

But Boucher has ominously forecast more success to come for his captain on Sunday.

"It's his type of wicket," Boucher said.

"He bowls very close to the stumps - wicket to wicket - and if the ball does anything it's going to find the edge or the stumps.

"'Polly' also doesn't give away runs - he can put six out of six on a coin."

Pollock had reduced the Indians to 47 for 4 earlier in the day.

The assault swung the second Test back in South Africa's favour, after they had been bowled out for 362.

Shaun Pollock claimed his 250th Test wicket today
Shaun Pollock claimed his 250th Test wicket today

Pollock reached the milestone of 250 career Test wickets with his third victim, Sachin Tendulkar scooping a mis-timed shot to Lance Klusener at mid-on.

Poor footwork had earlier dealt with Shiv Sunder Das and Rahul Dravid, and Pollock also removed the off-stump of India's skipper Sourav Ganguly.

The follow-on looked a certainty when Harbhajan Singh was run out by Boucher after a suicidal single, leaving India reeling on 119 for eight.

But VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble had other ideas, and their unbeaten 63-run partnership ensured South Africa would have to bat again.

But Boucher added that South Africa would probably not have enforced the follow-on even if India had fallen short of the mark'

"We probably would have batted again, because batting last on that pitch could be quite difficult," the South African vice-captain said.

"It's not going to get any easier to bat on. The cracks have opened up so the movement is a bit quicker."

Boucher had earlier been left unbeaten on 68 from just 70 balls, including a smashed six off Srinath, after surviving a drop by Rahul Dravid when 31.


South Africa: S Pollock (capt), N Boje, M Boucher, B Dippenaar, H Gibbs, M Hayward, J Kallis, G Kirsten, L Klusener, N McKenzie, M Ntini.

India: S Ganguly (capt), A Agarkar, SS Das, D Dasgupta, R Dravid, A Kumble, VVS Laxman, V Sehwag, H Singh, J Srinath, S Tendulkar.

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