Monde Zondeki settled the nerves of a Cobras team rattled by the security issue by getting rid of the dangerous opening pair of Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge in the first three deliveries of the match. Quiney swung the game's first delivery to fine leg, and Hodge was bowled by a ball that nipped back in.
Aiden Blizzard started a typical fightback after those early strikes. He muscled four fours in the next three overs to threaten to put Victoria in top gear. Rory Kleinveldt ended the cameo by getting Blizzard to mis-hit to extra cover.
Victoria got rid of Cobras captain Andrew Puttick in the first over. However, Derek Brand ensured the South African side didn't lose their momentum by hammering Shane Harwood for 16 in third over. Two fours and a six in that over sliced the required rate to 6.78 from the original 7.41.