The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras resumed play after lunch with the score on 75 for 3. Justin Ontong and Yaseen Vallie continued building on their partnership, taking the team to 156 for 4, before Ontong went out LBW off a delivery from Imran Tahir. Ontong played a captains innings, scoring 88 runs off 125 balls and rescuing the team along with Vallie, when they were struggling at 17 for 3.
Vallie also continued playing a fine innings, scoring 70 runs off 193 deliveries, before falling to another Tahir delivery and being caught by Lonwabo Tsotsobe. The only other batsmen to score double figures were Dane Vilas (34) and Dane Piedt (22). The Cape Cobras ended their innings with the score on 255 all out.
The Bizhub Highveld Lions were then sent in to bat and things went sour very early on. They lost their three top order batsmen for only 13 runs with Dane Paterson claiming two and Beuran Hendricks taking the other one.
At stumps on day 1, the Lions were on 36 for 3, trailing the Cape Cobras by 219 runs.