Cape Town - Rudi Second's 10th first-class century
prevented the Dolphins from getting their noses too far in front as
Keshav Maharaj’s five-wicket haul put the pressure on the Knights in their
Sunfoil Series clash at the Diamond Oval.
Second’s unbeaten 110 rescued the Knights
as they dipped to 122 for five in response to the Dolphins’ 306 all out, and
went on to close day two on 220 for seven when rain stopped play midway through
the evening session.
While the first day had belonged to the
Knights as they kept the Dolphins to 262 for nine in spite of Daryn Smit’s
century, the momentum shifted on the second morning as Smit (123 not out) and
Imran Tahir (34) extended their partnership for the last wicket to 74.
That changed the complexion of the
Dolphins’ total and represented a serious recovery from 136 for six, but after
Reeza Hendricks fell cheaply to Mathew Pillans early on, the Knights responded
Second shared a 75-run stand with Michael
Erlank for the second wicket to carry them to 87 for one and a sense of parity.
After lunch Maharaj removed Erlank,
Luthando Mnyanda and Pite van Biljon, and Tahir bowled Tumelo Bodibe to reduce
the Knights to 122 for five, before Second and Werner Coetsee counterattacked
effectively in a 77-run stand that took the hosts to tea on 199 for five.
Having bowled almost unchanged through the
second session, Maharaj returned after the interval and struck second ball as
he had Coetsee caught and bowled for a brisk 51.
The left-arm spinner completed his ninth
five-wicket haul in first-class cricket two overs later when he had Shadley van
Schalkwyk caught, but rain intervened soon after and brought the day to a