Durban - Khaya Zondo and Rob Frylinck put together a partnership of 81 runs for the sixth wicket off just 40 balls, however it wasn't enough as the Dolphins fell eight runs short against the Cape Cobras in their CSA T20 Challenge match at Newlands on Sunday.
The Dolphins had all the work to do when they lost three wickets in the powerplay of their chase, but the experienced pair combined well with Zondo finishing of 53 off 49 balls while Frylinck bludgeoned 47 off just 23 balls.
With rain around the Dolphins put the Cobras in to bat first and the Dolphins kept the hosts in check. After the powerplay the Cobras were 44 for two.
Dangerman Janneman Malan and David Bedingham were back in the hut, with Daryn Dupavillon and Lwandiswa Zuma grabbing the early wickets.
The Cobras managed to string together partnerships throughout at better than a run a ball which was crucial in getting them to 152 for six.
Hashim Amla was dismissed for 32 while Kyle Verreynne scored 28.
Frylinck was also the pick of the bowlers when he bagged two for 27 in his four overs while the spin twins, Keshav Maharaj and Prenelan Subrayen combined with figures of eight overs two for 43.
The chase started poorly for the Dolphins and at the end of the powerplay they were sixteen for three. They were staring down the barrel needing 137 from the remaining fourteen overs.
In the fourteenth over Frylinck joined Zondo with the score on 63 for five.
Frylinck's heroics gave the Dolphins a slither of hope but it was not enough as they fell eight runs short of forcing a super over.
In his innings, Frylinck hit six boundaries, three fours and three sixes, but ultimately, it was not enough.