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December 15, 2005
The Eagles edged home in a tight finish as the Dolphins folded for 140 in pursuit of 148 at Goodyear Park in Bloemfontein.
The Dolphins' bowlers did everything right by bowling the Eagles out for 148 in 33.2 overs. On a helpful pitch that was not particularly conducive for one-day cricket and made slightly greasier by a mid-innings shower, the Eagles crumbled as a result of some poor cricket. Was it not for a patient 59 from Loots Bosman, the Eagles would have been been skittled for much fewer than their eventual 148. Zahir Abrahim, with career-best figures of 4 for 15, led the charge as the Dolphins bowlers used the conditions to their advantage.
The Eagles bowlers learnt enough from their collapse and kept the ball in the right areas and bowled to their field. Johan van der Wath was named Man of the Match for his 3 for 24 but he was well supported by all the bowlers. Lance Klusener, who had blitzed 39 off 17 balls from No. 8 against the Warriors, batted as low at No. 9 this time and failed to fire. Ahmed Amla made a patient 59 but the other batsmen didn't follow his lead. Though the pitch was less than ideal and the Eagles tenacious, the Dolphins had only themselves to blame for managing just 140 off 44.2 overs.
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