About the Match
The Dolphins moved to the third place in the ongoing Ram Slam T20 challenge after defeating Titans in the last match by 6 wickets; they have 15 points after 7 matches and will now go up against Cobras, who have slipped to the 5th place with only 8 points, on 4th December at Durban. The Cobras couldn’t play two of their recent games due to bad weather and their match against Lions was affected by rain, leading to a loss by 3 runs through the D/L method. They desperately need a win now to start climbing up the ladder; the Dolphins, on the other hand, chased down 171 runs against Titans to register an emphatic victory and will be charged up to repeat the good performance again.
Chasing 171 runs against Titans, openers Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk built the foundation with a 60-run stand; Delport went on to post 62 off 33 while Cody Chetty and Khaya Zondo scored 20+ runs each to steer the team across the finish line with ease. Earlier, the bowlers took regular wickets but couldn’t stop the flow of runs from the opponents; spinner Subrayen and medium pacers Robbie Frylinck and Delport took 4 wickets between them to restrict the Titans to 170.
Against Knights, Delport took 3-26 while Frylinck dismissed one opponent to help restrict them to 153 runs; Morne van Wyk put up a good show, scoring 56 off 43 while Delport and Cody Chetty scored 36 and 46 runs respectively to chase down the target convincingly with 9 balls to spare.
They have been on a winning spree thanks to an all-round performance with bat and ball; they will try to come out with all their firepower against Cobras too on Sunday.
With their last two games being abandoned due to rain, the Cobras haven’t had much time on the field; in the game against Lions, the bowlers did well to restrict the opposition to 165 but the batting line-up couldn’t chase down the reduced target of 69 from 6 overs, falling short by 3 runs. Top-order batsmen Wayne Parnell and Kieron Pollard tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but with Richard Levi getting out at 10 runs, they lost the momentum and ended up with defeat.
They have an in-form pace attack with players like Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, Parnell and Kieron Pollard, who can provide the breakthroughs consistently; George Linde and Nkululeko Serame bring the spin options to the table and add depth to the attack.
Against Warriors in the opening game, all-rounders Wayne Parnell and Kieron Pollard performed superbly with the bat to help post 163 runs batting first; spinner George Linde took 3-23 while Nkululeko claimed 2 scalps giving away only 19 runs in 3 overs. Speedsters Kleinveldt and Pollard took 3 wickets between them and helped win the match by a close 12 runs. They have strong resources with bat and ball, and could definitely post a stiff challenge here if weather cooperates.
While the Dolphins have done well to reach the third position in the table, the Cobras suffered due to match abandonments and will need to come out with all their firepower. Both teams have in-form players and the contest could go down to the wire; but we feel that Dolphins will once again emerge on the happier side of the finish line