Malan, Philander's record stand puts Cobras in control

Pieter Malan (Gallo)
Pieter Malan (Gallo)

Cape Town - Vernon Philander and Pieter Malan both hit centuries and shared a record stand in a dominant second day of the 4-Day Domestic Series for the Cape Cobras against the Dolphins in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The pair put on 228 for the sixth wicket – smashing the previous mark of 176 by Ryan Canning and Owais Shah set in 2010/11 – as the hosts reached stumps on 317 for eight, a lead of 92.

Proteas all-rounder Philander continued an impressive return from injury with his third career century, a patient 104 (228 balls, 13 fours), while Malan, who is turning out to be a run machine again this season, eventually fell for 153 (296 balls, 21 fours).

They batted for almost the entire day together and wrestled away the strong position held by the visitors at the start.

The Durbanites had the log leaders at their mercy early on after reducing them from their overnight 45 for four to 65 for five by the sixth over of day two.

However, it was one-way traffic from there as the Dolphins struggled to break through the stubborn Malan-Philander stand that lasted well over 70 overs.

It eventually was broken in the 94th over of the innings when Kerwin Mungroo (2/94) struck, with the same bowler then nabbing a second wicket by getting Dane Piedt (4).

Having completed his 29th first-class century, the resilient Malan eventually fell to Okuhle Cele (3/49) in the penultimate over of the day, although the home side were still powerfully placed at PPC Newlands.

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