South Africa: Zondo Heroics Rescue Dolphins

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Khaya Zondo’s eighth career century lit up a finely poised opening day of the only Sunfoil Series match taking place this week between the top-of-the-table Dolphins and the Highveld Lions at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

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The in form right-hander was unbeaten at the close, having struck 105 (236 balls, 16 fours) and having rescued his side from early trouble to reach the close on 285/6.

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With the match being the only one of round eight to be taking place, it is an excellent chance for both teams to take a giant stride towards the title with victory in KwaZulu-Natal.

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The Dolphins outlined their intention to press for victory against their fifth-place opponents by naming five front-line bowlers, but the move looked a huge gamble after their top order batsmen failed them.

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Having won the toss and batted, the home side lost four men before lunch, including the in-form Vaughn van Jaarsveld for 53 (61 balls, 8 fours).

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Senuran Muthusamy (2), Divan van Wyk (34) and Sibonelo Makhanya (8) were the others to fall as debutant Beuran Hendricks (2/66) and Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius (3/38) landed some early blows.

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However, a fifth-wicket stand of 102 between captain Morne van Wyk (39) and Zondo put them back on track.

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The comeback was complete when Calvin Savage (20 not out) provided more support via an unbroken 55-run stand with key man Zondo – who now has two hundreds to go with four 50s this season – as the hosts finished the day strongly.

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Source: Sport24

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