Opener Quinton de Kock continued his good form with the bat.
Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock hit 47 as the Highveld Lions beat Titans by seven wickets to open an early four-point lead in the South African Twenty20 Challenge.
De Kock struck 126 last Sunday in the opening round against Cape Cobras – the highest Twenty20 score in South Africa – and his effort against Titans at the Wanderers helped Lions reach 150-3 in reply to the 148-7 from their opponents.
The 20-year-old from Johannesburg, made his international Twenty20 début against New Zealand two months ago. The ‘keeper is also in the squad for the Twenty20 series against Pakistan next month and is expected to start under new captain Faf du Plessis.
His score against the Titans included four fours and two sixes off 40 balls, during a 54-minute stay before being bowled by Ethy Mbhalati.
An unbeaten 32 from veteran Neil McKenzie and 42 runs from Dwaine Pretorius saw Lions safely home with seven balls to spare while Mbhalati (3-31) was the star Titans bowler.
Opener Henry Davids and middle-order Farhaan Behardien struck 36 runs each and David Wiese an unbeaten 28 for the visiting Titans, who travelled 40 kilometres down the highway from Centurion to Johannesburg.