Cape Town - The Highveld Lions were fighting to save their Sunfoil Series clash against the Knights after an intriguing day three in Johannesburg on Saturday.
top-order failing left the home side five down with only 98 on the board,
before they recovered to reach stumps on 128/5 – a lead of 24.
that, it was their bowlers that gave them hope when they restricted the
visitors to a 104 lead after dismissing them for 248.
competition’s leading wicket-taker, Hardus Viljoen (3/74), and Dwaine Pretorius
(3/74) were the pick of the bowlers, while Pumelela Matshikwe (2/36) and Bjorn
Fortuin (2/34) also played a role in the initial fightback.
have been even better for the Lions had Shadley van Schalkwyk (51) been
dismissed quicker. Rudi Second had earlier top-scored with 70 (157 balls, 9
Lions repeated their first-innings mistakes by losing their top five with only
around 100 on the board.
though, they reached 80/2 thanks to Stephen Cook (42) and Alviro Petersen (30).
mini-collapse spelt trouble, before Temba Bavuma (20) and Pretorius (24)
stabilised things, although they remained second favourites with a day to play.
Olivier was the pick of the bowlers with 2/39.
has effectively become a three-day affair after day one at the Bidvest
Wanderers Stadium was abandoned due to rain and a wet outfield.