PCB XI v South Africans, Lahore, warm-up match

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

South Africans 328 for 4 in 45 overs (de Villiers 113*, Boucher 103) beat Pakistan Cricket Board XI 152 in 31.3 overs (Amjad 42, Morkel 3-22, Langeveldt 3-29) by 176 runs

AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher struck belligerent hundreds to lead the South Africans to a convincing 176-run win over Pakistan Cricket Board XI in a warm-up match at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Stadium in Lahore.

Boucher, opening the batting in place of the rested Graeme Smith, and de Villiers came together at 36 for 2 and added 165 runs for the third wicket to propel South Africa to a massive total. Boucher hit 14 boundaries and a six in his 106-ball innings while de Villiers was more aggressive, remaining not out on 113 off 95 balls.

Earlier, Abdur Rauf began to justify captain Taufeeq Umar's decision to field by removing Herschelle Gibbs and Jean-Paul Duminy early. But Shaun Pollock, playing his first game of the tour, made a mess of Rauf's figures. He smashed sixes off the last four deliveries of the innings and finished not out on 33 off 11 balls.

The PCB XI were never in the hunt, losing wickets at regular intervals before being bowled out for 152. Albie Morkel and Charl Langeveldt were the main beneficiaries of a poor batting display, claiming three wickets apiece. The only resistance came from Mansoor Amjad, who top-scored with 42, and Ahmed Shehzad, the 15-year old opener, who hit Pollock for two sixes on his way to 35

"It is nice to get hundred in the warm-up match but the real match, the one-day international, is coming up and I look forward to that,"

said de Villiers, ahead the first of five ODIs starting on October 18.

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