The Lions, on 262-5, lead the Warriors by 214 runs as an interesting final day awaits at the Wanderers.
Day three between the Lions and the Warriors resumed with the hosts 48 behind the visitors’ first-innings total of 356. The 98-run opening partnership between Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen helped the Lions get off to a great start before Hendricks fell two runs shy of his half-century for Tladi Bokako’s first wicket.
Van der Dussen managed to creep past his second half-century of the campaign before falling to Simon Harmer on 51. Dominic Hendricks (61) and Yaseen Valli (40) pushed the hosts past 200, before Harmer struck again breaking their 78-run partnership by dismissing Hendricks. Harmer picked up his third five overs later, removing 21-year-old Valli to take his match tally to five wickets.
In-form Dwaine Pretorius and Mangaliso Mosehle stuck around until stumps on day three, with a declaration at some point in the morning the likely scenario should they continue to pile on the runs.
Elsewhere, after a rained-out day two, the Dolphins resumed day three on 285-9 against the Knights. Proteas star Imran Tahir scored 26 not out before the fall of the last wicket, Duane Olivier dismissing Shezi on 17 to be bowled out for 311.
Proteas star David Miller (60) was in fine form for the Knights, putting on a 107-run partnership with Rudi Second (61) to help the visitors steady the ship after a rocky start where they lost three wickets for 46 runs. Despite losing three partners in quick succession to Senuran Muthusamy (2-33) and Tahir (2-57 ), Second will resume day four with his team on 176-6 as the match creeps closer to a draw.
After losing three wickets for 37 towards the end of day two on Friday as they sought to make up a first-innings deficit of 165, the Cobras started off day three in the same mould. They lost seven wickets for 78, ending on 115 in 40 overs and losing by an innings and 50 to the Titans.
Leg-break spinner Simon von Berg stood out again for the Titans, taking his second five-for of the match. He ended with 5-25 in the second innings for a match tally of 10-113.
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