The Cape Cobras will continue their fight for survival on the final day of their Four-Day Series clash against the Lions at the Wanderers today.
When rain stopped play for the second day running on yesterday's third day, the Capetonians were on 54/3 – still 155 runs behind the Lions’ mammoth first-innings reply of 324 to the visitors’ 115.
Starting the day on 222/7, Lions opener Dominic Hendricks crossed the three-figure mark to score 130, with Malusi Siboto scoring an unbeaten 43 at the end of the innings as they totalled 324.
The Cobras’ bowlers didn’t have enough venom for their hosts, but speedster Nandre Burger tried his best with ball in hand to end with figures of 4/101.
When it was their turn to bat, the struggling Cobras top order needed to haal uit en wys to produce a solid start in their effort to avoid an innings defeat.
They didn’t get what they wished for and were on the back foot early on, when Pieter Malan (1) was trapped leg before wicket by Dwaine Pretorius with the grand total on only two runs.
Ook nie lank nie and captain Zubayr Hamza (1) joined him back in the hut, caught by Temba Bavuma off the bowling of Beuran Hendricks.
The scoreboard then read 22/3 after Siboto trapped Janneman Malan (9) leg before.
Tony de Zorzi (16*) and Kyle Verreynne (23*) then joined forces to take the score to 54/3 before rain stopped play.
The Cobras will be hoping for even more Highveld showers today if they want to stand any chance of not losing their second match in as many encounters this season.