Cape Cobras opener Pieter Malan scored 87 to set up the victory chase against the Titans. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

An opening stand of 132 between brothers Pieter and Janneman Malan led the way as the Cape Cobras made it three wins from three by completing an upset eight-wicket win over defending champions the Titans on Wednesday.

Both hit half-centuries in pursuit of a 204-victory target as the visitors wrapped up a fine win on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Centurion to extend their lead at the top of the competition standings.

Earlier, Theunis de Bruyn was finally dismissed for 147 (211 balls, 24x4) – a performance that helped the hosts fight back really strongly following their dismal performance with the bat in the first innings when they were shot out for 122.

But they responded with 418 in the second innings, with the Proteas batsman at the heart of their recovery.

De Bruyn added 20 to his overnight total before becoming the first man to fall on day three, after adding 52 for the sixth wicket with Henry Davids (42).

The latter and Rivaldo Moonsamy (13) put on 27 together, before both fell in quick succession, with the Titans all out not long after in 114 overs.

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with 4/78, including three wickets on what turned out to be the final morning.

Tladi Bokako also shone with 3/94 – both men ending the game with seven wickets.

The Malan brothers then led a strong response, with Pieter top-scoring by striking 87 (124 balls, 14x4).

Janneman made 63 (83 balls, 6x4, 1x6), while Zubayr Hamza finished the job with an unbeaten 39 that helped the Cobras solidify top spot after three rounds of the 2018/19 competition.

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