The Dolphins remain in a strong position to win at the Wanderers after the Lions lost four wickets in gaining a lead of 88.
Stumps were drawn with the Lions on 221-4, built on an excellent 112 from Reeza Hendricks and 51 from Stephen Cook.
They had eliminated the first-innings deficit of 133 with the loss of one wicket after Hendricks and Cook had put on 128 for the first wicket. And they were building a healthy lead at 185-1 when Kerwin Mungroo struck, removing Omphile Ramela for 37.
Then Senuran Muthusamy stepped up with his left-arm orthodox spin, trapping Hendricks lbw and removing Dominic Hendricks (1) four overs later for the addition of three runs.
At the crease when time was called were Rassie van der Dussen (14) and Beuran Hendricks (4).
If they can score quickly on day four, it’s game on. If wickets tumble, the Dolphins will fancy their chances of gaining a second win in the series.
Earlier, Calvin Savage timed his maiden first-class hundred to perfection to help the Dolphins to 379 in the first innings.
Sitting on 83, when nine wickets down, he opened his shoulders to smash Dwaine Pretorius for two sixes and then brought up his hundred with a wonderfully driven four off Beuran Hendricks. The following delivery, he pulled one straight to Reeza Hendricks at mid-off. His hundred had come off just 96 balls, with 11 fours and four sixes. But more importantly, it has stretched the Dolphins’ first-innings lead to 133, while harvesting a useful 5.58 batting points.
It was all Savage, so to speak. The Dolphins had resumed on 318-7, but the last three batsmen added just three runs to the total: the rest of the 61 runs came from Savage.
The wicket for Hendricks brought up his 15th first-class five-for, with 5-86 off 18.3 overs, while Aaron Phangiso ended with 3-62.
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