SBPro 20 Series April 7, 2005

Lions snatch win from jaws of defeat

Lions 165 for 6 (McKenzie 35) beat Dolphins 164 for 4 (H Amla 56, Pollock 44, Bacher 3-14) by 4 wickets

Some poor cricket from the Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban allowed the Lions to snatch a last-ball win and top the Pro20 Series table. Set to make 165, the Lions struggled upto a point where 54 were required in four overs. Two wayward bouncers from Lance Klusener decided the fate of the game. It was an unexpected mistake from an experienced campaigner.

After scoring 80 runs in nine overs, the Dolphins threw away a golden opportunity to post a large total and finished on 164 for 4. Hashim Amla (56 off 39) and Kylie Smit (27 off 24) gave the Dolphins the platform to launch from with only Shaun Pollock taking advantage as he smashed 44 off 22 balls. Ahmed Amla managed 24 off 26 while Klusener could only score six as the Dolphins limped through the final five overs. Then David Terbrugge, Garnett Kruger and Adam Bacher pulled it back for the Lions, with Bacher finishing with the amazing figures of 3 for 14 in his four overs.

Bacher and Matthew Harris gave the Lions a steady start after some tight bowling from Klusener and Russell Symcox. Neil McKenzie then struck 35 off 31 as the Lions clawed back into the game, leaving it to Marthinus Otto (30 off 14) to see the Lions home off the last ball of the innings.