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Pieter Malan’s magnificent unbeaten 195 helped the Cobras batsmen put the Knights to the sword on the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Cape Town.

Pieter Malan of the Cobras. Photo: RyanWilkisky/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Pieter Malan’s unbeaten 195 helped the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras batsmen put the VKB Knights to the sword on the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Zubayr Hamza also struck 86 (184 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes) and Kyle Verreynne was not out on 74 (158 balls, 8 fours) as the hosts amassed 382/3 at Six Gun Grill Newlands to lead by 201 at halfway.

The visitors, who need to win the game in order to give themselves the best chance of reaching next week’s competition final, managed just two wickets all day, one from Patrick Kruger (1/28) and one for Shaun von Berg (1/75).

But they otherwise toiled in the face of the home batsmen, who were led impeccably by Malan as he completed his 34th career century and was closing in on a double ton.

The right-hander faced 391 balls, struck 20 fours and three sixes in an innings that has so far lasted more than eight hours.

He put on 219 with Hamza, who fell 14 runs short of his century.

Tony de Zorzi was the only man to be dismissed cheaply, out for eight to the spin of Von Berg.

It was 243/3 at that stage, before an unbroken 139-run fourth wicket partnership strengthened the Cobras’ grip on the game.

Coach Ashwell Prince’s side are without a win in all six previous matches this season and aiming to end the campaign strongly.