Cape Town - Keshav Maharaj grabbed three wickets on his return to Sunfoil Series action to put the Dolphins in the driving seat before bad light ended play early on
day two of their clash against the Highveld Lions in Pietermaritzburg on
left-armer took 3/33 in 19 disciplined overs to leave the visitors in a spin on
108/4 at stumps in reply to the hosts’ 339 all out earlier in the day.
the top-of-the-table home side were still 231 ahead and firmly in control at
the halfway stage of the contest, which saw play end shortly after tea due to
bad light on the second afternoon.
was the other star man for the Dolphins after he earlier ended unbeaten on 141
(290 balls, 21 fours). The No. 4 batsman was unbeaten on 105 overnight as his
team resumed on 285/6, but Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius
took 5/54 to ensure that just 54 were added for the final four wickets.
then found themselves in a huge hole with the bat.
der Dussen was trapped leg before wicket by Mthokozisi Shezi (1/14), before
Maharaj made his mark.
26-year-old last featured for his franchise in their second-round win over the
same opponents, after which he was called up by the Proteas and subsequently won
four Test caps.
showed superb form by dismissing Stephen Cook (17), Nicky van den Bergh (4) and
Devon Conway (0), leaving the visitors on 49/4.
It took an
unbroken partnership of 59 between Dominic Hendricks (47) and Pretorius (33) to
keep the Lions in the game, but the hosts remained in the pound seat.