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November 9, 2005
Border were rescued by a seventh-wicket stand of 100 between Murray Ranger and Lundi Mbane following a collapse to 111 for 7 against KwaZulu-Natal. Ranger, the Border captain, struck ten fours in his unbeaten 72 while Mbane took an aggressive approach with his 60 taking 85 balls. Saidi Mhlongo took three wickets and legspinner Tyron Pillay produced tidy figures of 2 for 64. Border's fine fightback was to continue as they claimed two early KZN wickets, leaving the match finely balanced heading into the second day.
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