Border-Inland match finely poised — and it shouldn’t take long

2014-01-18 00:00

THE CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition game between KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Border lies on a knife’s edge heading into the third and final day.

After bowling the visitors from the Eastern Cape out for 218 yesterday morning, making sure that they didn’t add to their overnight score, Inland batted better on day two, and they were eventually bowled out for 268.

It was Imraan Khan, who once opened the batting for the Proteas in a Test against Australia at Newlands, that anchored the innings for Grant Morgan’s side as they looked to redeem themselves for not making enough on a wicket the coach described as a good batting track in the first innings.

Khan shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 80 with skipper Shane Burger as built on the good start they had.

Khan eventually departed for 63 with the score at 135/5. But, Burger was joined at the crease by Ruhan Pretorious, and the two carried on pummeling Border’s bowlers, putting on 57 for the fifth wicket. A cameo each from Graham Hume and Matthew Pillans saw Inland post a decent target of 268, leaving Border requiring 163 to win.

Border’s chase started badly when they lost Vuyisa Makhaphela, their star from the first innings, for just eight runs after he was caught leg before off the bowling of Pretorious.

Bevan Bennett was the next to go for 18, and Burton de Wett (32), Kevin Bennett (12) and Somila Seyibokwe (2) soon followed him back to the pavilion to leave Border reeling on 72/5, requiring another 91 runs to win with only five wickets remaining.

But, Border will rest easy knowing that they still have a few talented batsmen still to come.

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