Tahir, De Kock slay Dolphins
Imran Tahir returned to haunt his former team, the Sunfoil Dolphins, with a five-wicket haul as the bizhub Highveld Lions ended day two of their Sunfoil Series clash in total command at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.
The discarded Proteas spinner bagged 5-42, his 46th career five wicket haul, to help bundle out the hosts for a woeful first innings
155 in reply to the visiting side’s 248.
Rising young wicketkeeping star Quinton de Kock then struck a brisk 65 off 61 deliveries to put the men from Johannesburg on top by stumps when they closed on 151 for three, an overall lead of 244.
The day had started out with the home team looking fairly comfortable after they resumed on 47 for two.
Overnight pair Jonathan Vandiar and Mthokozisi Shezi batted almost eight overs at the start, when they easily took their side past 50 seven deliveries into the day.
But seamer Ethan O'Reilly (3-28) changed the tide as he began his seventh over with two wickets in successive deliveries.
Vandiar was trapped leg before wicket for 15 after missing a straightish delivery, while the in-form Vaugh van Jaarsveld followed the same way without troubling the scorers.
Khayelihle Zondo was next in and reached 13, before a sharp reaction catch by young Proteas wicketkeeper De Kock off Tahir accounted for him.
Nightwatchman Shezi, who managed to survive for well over an hour for his 20, was eventually the fourth man out of the morning when he edged leg-spinner Tahir to Neil McKenzie at first slip leaving the Dolphins on a sorry 90 for six.
Smit and Chetty helped take their side past 100 in the 41st over, before limping their way to lunch on 128 for six.
After lunch there was little resistance from the hosts as they lost their remaining four wickets inside an hour.
Smit and Chetty did manage to extend their partnership from 38 to 47 in that time, but the skipper was out bowled for 18 after misjudging a delivery that nipped back from Brett Pelser (2-14).
Top-scorer Chetty (34) followed two overs later from the medium-pace bowler when he was trapped leg before wicket leaving the Dolphins on
144 for eight.
Tahir then mopped up the tail when he bowled Kyle Abbott and had Craig Alexander lbw, both for ducks, with the home side all out in 63.1 overs, a deficit of 93.
The reply was ominous from the Lions as Stephen Cook and De Kock raced away to 50 in just the ninth over, including the latter pulling Alexander for one huge six over deep backward square leg.
There was no respite after tea when the visitors resumed on 60 for none with De Kock quickly going to his seventh first-class 50 in just
45 balls, before the 100 was raised in the 21st over.
It came as a surprise then when the young batsman was dismissed by Van Jaarsveld, who had his man stumped by Smit behind the stumps, ending the opening stand on 110.
The part-time seamer then bowled Cook for 38 as the Dolphins threatened a fightback.
They did manage another wicket too when Temba Bavuma (23) fell from the last delivery of the day, caught at square leg by Divan van Wyk off Shezi, but McKenzie (15 not out) was still there and the Lions in the pound seat at the close.
Report Day 1
SUNFOIL DOLPHINS: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn
van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Daryn Smit (capt & wkt), Kyle
Abbott, Mthokozisi Shezi, Craig Alexander, Calvin Savage.
BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS: Stephen Cook (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Neil
McKenzie, Temba Bavuma, Gulam Bodi, Zander de Bruyn, Brett Pelser,
Dieter Klein, Imran Tahir, Ethan O’Reilly, Pumelela Matshikwe.