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Klusener keeps KwaZulu-Natal in the hunt

It took KwaZulu-Natal, and in particular Lance Klusener, only 14 overs to wrap up Western Province's second innings at Newlands

Wisden Cricinfo staff
SuperSport Series Final
KwaZulu-Natal 187 and 127 for 1 (Khan 62*, H Amla 53*) require another 219 runs to beat Western Province 217 and 315 (Duminy 89, Henderson 53, Klusener 5-90)

Lance Klusener: took five second-innings wickets © Getty Images
It took KwaZulu-Natal, and in particular Lance Klusener, only 14 overs to wrap up Western Province's second innings at Newlands. From their overnight score of 260 for 6, Province looked set to establish a big lead, but thanks to Klusener, who took the final three wickets, Natal managed to keep their target down to 346. The stalwart of the innings, JP Duminy, could not add to his overnight score of 89 when he was caught behind off Nixon McLean. With Klusener wrapping up the tail he pushed his match haul to 12 wickets.
Losing Doug Watson in the first over did not deter Imran Khan, who was batting as a makeshift opener. At the close he had moved past his highest first-class score, and together with Hashim Amla they batted for nearly four hours, taking Natal to 127 for 1 when bad light stopped play with 22.4 overs still to be bowled.
SuperSport Series Shield
Easterns 405 for 4 dec and 22 for 2 lead Gauteng 286 (Coutts 77, Malao 5-82) by 141 runs
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