De Bruyn, Petersen tons punish Cobras

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Theunis de Bruyn (C) and Keegan Petersen  of VKB Knights congratulating each other on their respective 50'2 during day 1 of the Sunfoil 4-Day Series match between VKB Knights and WSB Cape Cobras at Mangaung Oval on September 19, 2017 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 19: Theunis de Bruyn (C) and Keegan Petersen of VKB Knights congratulating each other on their respective 50'2 during day 1 of the Sunfoil 4-Day Series match between VKB Knights and WSB Cape Cobras at Mangaung Oval on September 19, 2017 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)

Captain Theunis de Bruyn led a resounding batting response from the champion VKB Knights as they dominated day two of their season-opening Sunfoil Series clash against the WSB Cape Cobras at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

The Standard Bank Proteas batsman amassed 195 (259 balls, 24 fours, 1 six) to help the hosts reach stumps on 551 for four – a monumental lead of 392 after shooting out the visitors for 159 on the opening day.

De Bruyn put on a fixture record partnership of 295 for the second wicket with Keegan Petersen, who eventually fell for 141 (283 balls, 18 fours). The scores of both batsmen were their highest in franchise cricket, while the stand was the third highest for the Knights in their history.

Even after they fell, more pain was to come for the Cobras bowlers as David Miller made 39, followed by an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 139 between Werner Coetsee (70 off 94 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) and Rudi Second (65 off 136 balls, 8 fours).

Justin Ontong was the pick of the bowlers with one for 48.