Cape Town - Keshav Maharaj claimed six wickets before bad light
once again disrupted the Dolphins on day three of their Sunfoil
Series clash against the Highveld Lions at the City Oval in
Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
The Proteas spinner finished with 6/86 as the visitors were
bowled out for 267 with just under 20 overs still remaining in the day.
Maharaj sent down 21 maidens in a marathon 48.3 overs, with the Lions' slow
scoring - they batted at 2.33 runs per over - ensuring the game did not move
forward at any great pace.
When bad light stopped play, only 68 overs had been bowled, and despite the
top-of-the-table hosts holding a 72-run lead, a draw looked the most likely
For the fifth-placed Lions, it proved a useful third day as they continued
their fightback from having fallen to 68/4 earlier in their innings.
After a delayed start due to a wet outfield, they resumed on 108/4 with Dominic
Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius extending their partnership to 91, before the
latter fell for 47.
Hendricks went on to top score with 78 (251 balls, 8 fours, 1 six), while
Kagiso Rapulana also hit a half-century (52 off 132 balls, 8 fours). Nono
Pongolo made a useful 44 that also ate up time and ensured that the most likely
outcome looked like a draw.