Malan and Dummy give Cobras a priceless win
A riveting 162-run unbroken partnership between Janneman Malan and JP Duminy drove the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to an impressive eight-wicket Momentum One-Day Cup victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
The pair batted for 20.2 overs after they came together with their side in a little bit of early trouble on 58 for two chasing a massive 219 in a rain-reduced affair at the City Oval.
Malan was the main man for the visitors, carrying them through from start to finish with his fourth List A century. He eventually ended on 115 off 83 balls (15 fours, 1 six), with captain Duminy offering able support with 74 (56 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) – Ashwell Prince’s side winning with 12 deliveries to spare.
Earlier, it was Sarel Erwee who powered the home side with an impressive unbeaten 116 from 82 deliveries (13 fours, 4 sixes), although his career-best effort proved a mere consolation for the KwaZulu-Natal franchise.
It was their second loss of the season and one that saw them miss the opportunity to climb top of the table.
A wet outfield at the start had forced the entire morning to be lost, with the umpires eventually reducing the game to a 28-over per side affair.
The hosts batted first after losing the toss and they made the worst possible start by losing Morne van Wyk for a second over duck.
But Vaughn van Jaarsveld (38) and Khaya Zondo (29) hung around for long enough to allow Erwee to complete his second career ton.
Rory Kleinveldt finished as the best of the bowlers with two for 41, while Dane Paterson bagged two for 48.
The Cobras’ reply began on the wrong foot with Pieter Malan (18) and George Linde (8) falling early, before Janneman Malan and Duminy, in his third match since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, got together.
Their third-wicket stand knocked the stuffing out of the Dolphins and took the Cobras to a priceless win.