Gulam Bodi shines for Lions
Morne van Wyk's 58 off 53 balls was the only innings of note in a rain-affected game in which the Knights beat the Dolphins by eight runs at Kingsmead, Durban. Knights won the toss and made an impressive start with the bat, getting to 58 for 1 by the end of the Powerplay. However, the batsmen then struggled against the spin duo of Imraan Khan (4 for 21) and Prenelan Subrayen (2 for 13) to finish on 130 for 9. In reply, the Dolphins had scored 77 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the 14th over when the rains came. With no further play possible, the Dolphins were left eight runs short as per D/L calculations.
The Lions consolidated their position at the top of the points table, trouncing the Warriors by 115 runs at the New Wanderer's Stadium in Johannesburg, to earn their third bonus point of the tournament. The platform was laid by Gulam Bodi's belligerent 90 off 51 balls. Bodi slammed five sixes and seven fours, and was ably assisted by Quinton de Kock (46 runs off 26 balls). The Lions, eventually, piled up 199 for 6 in their 20. Any chance of a fight from the Warriors was immediately quashed by Lions' bowlers early on - they reduced the Warriors to 28 for 4 in the first six overs. With scoreboard pressure mounting, the batsmen that followed kept losing their wickets and the team was all out for 84 in the 15th over.
The Titans completed a six-wicket win with a bonus point against the last-placed Impi at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Impi, who chose to bat, were not allowed to get away at any stage. Some tight bowling by Titans was led by Roelof van der Merwe (2 for 11) and Impi finished with a below par 126. In the chase, the Titans top order all contributed, ensuring that Impi were left still waiting for their first win in the tournament. That the total was chased in 15 overs was mainly due to a hard-hitting 35 by Martin van Jaarsveld, which included 19 runs off Paul Collingwood's third over.