Sisanda Magala claimed career-best figures as the Lions kept their unbeaten streak intact with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over the Knights in Durban on Tuesday.
Having won their first two CSA T20 Challenge encounters against the Warriors (this past Saturday) and the Titans (on Monday), the men from Johannesburg delivered another clinical performance.
Knights skipper Pite van Biljon won the toss and elected to bat first but the Bloemfontein outfit was undone by the brilliance of Magala.
The fast bowler was devastating, bagging figures of 5-20 in his four overs as the Knights were bowled out for only 106.
Aaron Phangiso and Beuran Hendricks both collected two wickets each, while Kagiso Rabada added one scalp. Farhaan Behardien was the pick of the batsmen for the Knights, top-scoring with 28.
The Lions’ run chase, though, got off to a poor start, losing Ryan Rickelton (0) and Dwaine Pretorius (2) early on to slump to 6-2 inside the first three overs.
Reeza Hendricks and captain Temba Bavuma consolidated the innings and steadily chipped away at the target with a 93-run partnership.
Hendricks was eventually run out by Jacques Snyman for 47 but Bavuma reached his half-century to guide the Lions home with 11 deliveries remaining.