Cape Town - Outstanding death bowling by Vernon Philander and
Rory Kleinveldt helped the Cape Cobras extend
their lead at the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow
five-run win over the Knights in Cape Town
The pair claimed two for 43 in eight overs
between them, restricting the visitors to 145 for seven in pursuit of
151 at Newlands.
The Knights looked on course for victory at 111
for two in the 15th over thanks to Patrick Kruger's 57 off 38 balls (3
fours, 3 sixes).
However, they then lost their way, and even
though 19 were needed from the final two overs with five wickets in
hand, veterans Philander and Kleinveldt were miserly enough to secure
It was the Cobras' fourth win in five games this
season as they moved six points clear. The Central Franchise, meanwhile,
were left bottom of the table and still searching for a first win.
The Knights win the toss and bowled first, with
the home side having to rely on David Bedingham (50 off 42 balls, 5
fours, 1 six) for most of their scoring.
Hashim Amla (4) again failed, with the log
leaders also having to rely on Philander (30 not out) and George Linde
(22 not out) to lift them to 150 for five.
The reply was a strong one by the visiting side
for three-quarters of the way as Kruger received support from Raynard
van Tonder (30) and Pite van Biljon (19).
But Philander (1/17) and Kleinveldt (1/26) pegged them back to sneak a third straight home win for the Cobras.