DURBAN – Wiaan Mulder’s blistering half-century, as well some excellent bowling from the spinners paved the way for the Highveld Lions to get their CSA T20 Challenge campaign going thanks to a 18-run win over the Dolphins at Kingsmead on Wednesday.
Proteas all-rounder Mulder smashed five sixes and two fours in an unbeaten 59 off 34 balls to help his side post 159/5, before Aaron Phangiso (2/15) and Bjorn Fortuin (2/14) grabbed two wickets apiece in tidy spells to restrict the hosts to 141/9.
It completed a relatively one-sided victory for the Lions, and was the perfect response after they suffered a last-ditch defeat to the Cape Cobras in their opening game at the weekend.
The Dolphins will be disappointed with their display, particularly late in their bowling innings and when they came out to bat.
After winning the toss and bowling first, they had the away side in check for most of the innings thanks to good bowling by their own spinners, Keshav Maharaj (1/16) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/25).