About the Match
Having won one game each till now, Dolphins and Knights have 4 points and are placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the points table, right behind Titans. Both these teams will face off in the upcoming match at Durban on 17th November. While Knights won against Warriors in the opening game of the series but lost to Titans in the last game, Dolphins defeated Cape Cobras by 15 runs through DLS method in their first match of the season. Both sides have good resources at hand to overcome the challenges on the field; whichever team can execute the game plan to perfection will be better placed to emerge victorious on Friday.
Batting first against Cobras, opener Sarel Erwee posted a brilliant 103 off just 58 to take the innings to a solid 231. He remained unbeaten and got good support from captain Khaya Zondo, who scored 67 off 34 and wicket-keeper Dane Vilas, who scored 32 runs. The young batting all-rounder built a solid foundation while Morne van Wyk smashed 19 runs from just 7 deliveries at the other end. They did a commendable job with the bat and the bowlers delivered the rest easily.
With rains interrupting the match, the opponents had a reduced target of 123 from 10 overs but spinner Keshav Maharaj and medium-pacer Robbie Frylinck provided one breakthrough each in the early part of the chase to stifle the Cobras. They helped win the match by 15 runs through DLS method.
The Dolphins have a strong batting line-up with players like Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk, Zondo, all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and Dane Vilas, who can set a good foundation whether setting a target or during the chase. The bowling unit has a good mix of spin and pace, which can trouble the Knights here on Friday.
Chasing 200 against Titans proved to be an uphill task for the batsmen as players like David Miller and Patrick Kruger were dismissed early in the chase. Grant Mokoena and captain Theunis de Bruyn scored 20+ runs each while Andries Gous and Merchant de Lange made good contributions but they fell short of the target by 38 runs. Earlier, speedsters Merchant de Lange and Shadley van Schalkwyk took a wicket each while spinner Aubrey Swanepoel also dismissed one opponent but they gave away too many runs.
Against Warriors, Theunis de Bruyn led from the front, posting a superb 78 off 48 to help chase down 154 runs comfortably. He was well supported by David Miller, who scored 62 off 47; the duo took the team to the victory with 2 overs to spare. The bowlers too had done a good job with Shadley picking up 3-25 while spinner Eddie Leie took 2 wickets at an economy of 4 runs per over. Merchant de Lange also provided 2 breakthroughs while Aubrey dismissed one opponent to restrict Warriors to 153.
They have had a mixed run so far and would be determined to bounce back here with a win; with in-form batsmen and bowlers, the Knights could prove to be a tough nut to crack here.
The Dolphins have a superior run-rate compared to Knights and could perform better with the bat; Knights, on the other hand, have a terrific line-up of bowlers, who can deliver under crunch situations. The match could go down to the wire but we feel that Knights could pull out an all-round performance to win the match on Friday.