Graeme Smith was the first man to fall, having scored only 10 runs from 10 balls, when he was caught off good bowling by Chris Morris. The next man at the crease was Stiaan van Zyl who linked up well with the world’s number one batsman, Hashim Amla. After a slow start, van Zyl picked up the pace and smashed a few boundaries in quick succession with a display of good form and class to reach his half-century off 38 balls. Amla joined in on the action and also reached his 50 run milestone off 41 balls which brought up the 100 run partnership. The duo went on to break the all-time partnership record in the RAMSlam T20 challenge after they posted a total of 145 runs, the third highest T20 partnership in South Africa, before Amla was dismissed for 84. Van Zyl finished off on 77 from 56 and JP Duminy on 9 from 6.
Amla’s score was also the highest individual total this season, surpassing Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s score of 82. Amla’s performance showed why he is dubbed the world’s best.
Cobra’s star-bowler, Vernon Philander, was the first man to strike with the ball by making an early breakthrough, claiming the wicket of Lions danger-man, Quinton de Kock. The Lions looked capable of reaching the Cobras total until Bodi was run-out by a superb piece of fielding by Duminy. Duminy showed more impressive skill in the field when he caught Azhar Mahmood off bowling by Robin Peterson. The trickery of ‘Robbie P’ made him a difficult target for the struggling Lions and he ended off with figures of 3 wickets for 18 runs from 4 overs. Neil McKenzie, the last of the Lions recognized batsman, fell to Beuran Hendricks, for 33, when he took a wild swing at a fairly wide ball but ended up edging it to keeper Dane Vilas. Hendricks ended the day with figures of 2 wickets for 35 runs from 4 overs. Philander bowler marvellously at the depth and restricted the Lions to 172/8 in their 20 overs.