Robbie Frylinck took three wickets in his ninth over for the Dolphins to beat the Lions by 27 runs.
The scorecard will tell you that Keshav Maharaj took a five-wicket haul, but despite his excellent efforts, it was in fact Frylinck, in sweltering Kingsmead temperatures, who turned the game on its head in the 46th over.
Frylinck’s 19-ball half-century against the Titans last week headlined the Dolphins’ dramatic victory, and this time he did it with the ball. The Lions were going along nicely with Temba Bavuma and Nono Pongolo seemingly gliding through the required runs needed, but 213-6 turned into 218 all out as Frylinck’s unpredictable movement off the surface worked in devastating fashion, taking three wickets in six balls, including that of Bavuma.
Maharaj, who was excellent in the middle overs to rip through the top and middle order, took the final wicket to snare his second five-wicket haul in the format.
The Dolphins were in all kinds of trouble up front, as spinner Bjorn Fortuin was introduced early on and took two key wickets, including Morne van Wyk for eight and Cody Chetty for 12.
Skipper Khaya Zondo and former SA U19 skipper Sibonelo Makhanya were the pair to save them with an excellent 145-run stand. 48-4 became 193-5 as Zondo scored 74, while Makhanya blasted three sixes for his 82.
Keshav Maharaj and Calvin Savage provided the finishing touches to get their side to 245-7 and something to work with.
And something to work with they did, as the Lions were constantly under the boot. Frylinck got the first wicket to see off Stephen Cook for 14, before Maharaj opened his account with the big wicket of Reeza Hendricks for 42.
Bavuma fought a lone battle as the middle order fell around him. With the Lions looking down and out, he found a willing partner in Pongolo as the pair put on a 50-stand to give them more than a sniff.
That was until Zondo introduced Frylinck in the 46th over, and what an over it was. Zondo first took the catch to see off Pongolo for a well-played 31. Aaron Phangiso then found the edge for a golden duck, before a slower ball deceived Bavuma to end his resilient 74.
That was that, as Maharaj took his fifth wicket to see off Beuran Hendricks for three, and now the Dolphins have two wins out of two.
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