Yusuf Abdulla's three top-order wickets, including two in an over, handed the Dolphins the first of the best of three semi-final against Cape Cobras at Newlands. Abdulla got in to the act after HD Ackerman's 53-ball 62, along with Sanath Jayasuriya's quickfire 41, took the Dolphins to 162. He bowled Henry Davids off the second ball of the innings and followed it by trapping Herschelle Gibbs lbw off the fifth. When Abdulla had JP Duminy caught behind for 17, the Cobras had been reduced to 35 for 3. He then ran out Andrew Puttick to make it 46 for 4. Graeme Smith, who was making his return to competitive cricket, batted for 32 runs before an attempted slog-sweep off Daryn Smit was caught by Alfonso Thomas at midwicket in the 10th over. His departure triggered a collapse, with Sanath Jayasuriya picking up two wickets in two balls. Richard Levi remained unbeaten on 48 off 28 balls, but the Cobras finished their 20 overs 15 runs short of their target. The two teams will now meet in Durban for the second leg on Sunday.