Rabada, Friend superb for Lions, Knights

2014-10-03 00:00

THE bowling attack of the bizhub Highveld Lions, spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, ripped through the lower middle order of the Chevrolet Knights to gain the ascendancy before a superb first over by Quinton Friend swung the pendulum back to the visitors in the Sunfoil Series clash at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

The Knights were dismissed for 267 late yesterday.

The Lions had 20 for two at the close in reply.

The 19-year-old Rabada finished with four for 57, including a double-strike in his 17th and final over, as the Knights lost six wickets for 81 runs late in their first innings.

Rabada capped off a good performance by terminating a swashbuckling 57 by the captain Werner Coetsee. Coetsee hit 10 fours off only 76 balls.

The visitors resumed on 186 for five after the tea interval, but lost their way as the Lions rocked the lower middle order to take the initiative.

The fast bowler Friend had Stephen Cook caught by Werner Coetsee for a duck with his first ball of the Lions innings. Temba Bavuma was caught behind off his next delivery, leaving Dominic Hendricks to successfully negotiate a hat-trick delivery.

Friend finished with two for eight in four overs and operated with venom and guile.

After tea, the Knights middle-order batsman Obus Pienaar, would have kicked himself as he looked in great nick before dragging a pulls shot off Aaron Phangiso straight to Rassie van der Dussen at mid-wicket.

He scored 40 off 110 balls with five boundaries.

Malusi Siboto departed shortly afterwards when he was trapped in front for five by Hardus Viljoen as the Knights slipped to 231 for seven.

Phangiso capped a great spell by bowling the decent lower order batsman Corné Dry for a duck as the Knights limped to 236 for eight.

Rabada removed the dangerous Dillon du Preez (caught behind for 14) and comprehensively bowled Coetsee in the same over to limit the Knights to 267.

The Lions had ripped through the lower middle and lower order without much resistance and had taken six for 81 in 25.5 overs to put themselves in the ascendancy.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe took three for 57 in 16 overs, while Phangiso finished with two for 52 in 21 overs.

Gilham Cloete struck eight fours in his 43 before he became the third victim of two good morning-spells by Tsotsobe. The left-arm swing bowler trapped him in front.

Rudi Second slammed 12 fours in 209 minutes at the crease and contributed 72 before he was trapped in front by Rabada on the stroke of tea to terminate an 86-run stand with Pienaar.

That wicket was a key factor for the Lions, who wrestled even more control from the Knights in the final session.

But Friend’s double-strike removed the gloss off a workmanlike bowling display by the Lions.

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