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Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers
December 15, 2012
Cape Cobras 64 for 4 (Viljoen 4-37) v Lions - Match Abandoned
South Africa's one-day cup final will be replayed on Saturday after it was washed out on Friday with 16.2 overs played. The match will start again from scratch, which means the 64 for 4 notched up by Cape Cobras in their innings will count for nothing. A new toss also means new teams can be announced.
That will come as welcome news to both sides, who had to leave a player out through injury. Justin Kemp failed a fitness test for Cobras just before the match was due to start and was replaced by Vernon Philander. With extra time, Kemp's hamstring may hold-up for the replayed match. Lions' allrounder Chris Morris was also ruled out at the 11th hour. He is carrying a quad strain and may only be able to play by Wednesday but will probably have a fitness test again.
Both teams fielded the other international players available to them. Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson turned out for the Cobras with Alviro Petersen and Imran Tahir in the Lions XI. It was during a Tahir over that play stopped.
The legspinner, fresh from a humiliating experience on the Australia tour where he conceded 260 runs without taking a wicket in the Adelaide Test, bowled his first over for just three runs and had bowled two balls of the second when a massive thunderstorm began. The players had earlier left the field for 45 minutes when rain interrupted play the first time with the Cobras on 22 for 2.
Hardus Viljoen did all the damage for the Lions. He removed the Cobras top-order - having Andrew Puttick caught at second slip and the dangerous Richard Levi at first. A ball after the break, Viljoen trapped Dane Vilas lbw and then had Stiaan van Zyl caught behind. Cobras were in trouble for 36 for 4 but Justin Ontong and Yaseen Vallie had begun the counter-attack.
Lions will be aggrieved that their efforts will count for nought as both sides resume with clean sheets tomorrow.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondentFeeds: Firdose Moonda
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