Johannesburg - The Lions needed just seven deliveries on the third
morning to sew up victory by 11 runs over the Cape Cobras
in their opening match of the 2019/20 4-Day Domestic Series in Potchefstroom on
Malusi Siboto claimed the final wicket to finish with
remarkable figures of 5/15 in 12.1 overs, five of which were maidens, at
It meant the defending champions started the competition
with a bang in what turned out to be a bizarre clash against last season’s
Eighteen wickets fell on the opening day on Monday, followed
by 21 on day two as the hosts were first bowled out for what proved to be a
match-winning 215, before shooting out the visitors for 129 on Tuesday.
The Lions subsequently scored the lowest score of the game –
119 – and the Cobras then reached the halfway stage of the match on 191/9 in pursuit of 206.
They needed 15 more on what proved to be the final morning
with Aviwe Mgijima set on 23, but the Cape side also knew they were one wicket
away from defeat.
They managed three singles in the first over sent down by
Bjorn Fortuin (2/48), one of the runs scored by Tladi Bokako (1), but Siboto
then struck with his first ball by bowling Mgijima for 25 to end the game and
hand the home side a positive start in defence of their title.
Lions batsman Kagiso Rapulana was named Man of the Match.
- Cricket South Africa