About the Match
After having lost their previous games, both Dolphins and Lions are at 10 points each on the points table and are behind the Cobras at second and third place respectively; they now go up against each other on 24th Oct at Potchefstroom and will try to better their rankings so as to keep their hopes alive. It will be interesting to see which side can dominate the other right from the start and bring out its strengths to overcome the challenges at this stage of the competition.
With a target of 338 runs to chase against Cobras, openers Cook and Petersen displayed a tremendous batting strength, posting an opening stand of 97 runs with Petersen just missing out on his half-century due to a slow ball from Peterson. The slide in putting up a stiff opposition to Cobras started in the middle order with McKenzie, Symes and Tsolekile all getting out for single digits in quick succession. Pretorius and Viljoen batted heroically and put up a 121-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Pretorius scoring an unbeaten 77 off 69 balls and Viljoen contributing 52 runs with a solid display of batting skills and determination; however, their efforts went in vain as the others couldn’t support as much and they fell behind by 53 runs. On the bowling front, players failed to get the wickets on time and except for Tsotsobe and Viljoen who got a wicket each, the others hardly made a dent on the opponents. While the bowling squad needs to step up its performance, the batsmen too have some serious work to be done; the team has the abilities and needs to pull up its socks to be in the running for the title.
Put to bat first by the Warriors, the top order comprising of Morne van Wyk, who has been struggling for some time now, and Delport who hasn’t been consistent with the bat, failed to build partnerships as required by this format of the game. It was Jaarsveld’s 118 off 99 deliveries that gave momentum to the innings and Chetty’s well-made half century from 80 balls provided good support in the middle; Frylinck posted an unbeaten 42 from 21 deliveries and his all-round skills are proving to be a good asset for the team. Alexander with 3-54 was the leading wicket-taker while Subrayen did well to contribute with 2 wickets; Smit, Delport, Engelbrecht and Tshabalala bolwed with precision and play as a well-knit unit against opponents. Although their combined effort caused worries for Cobras, they couldn’t stop the run-flow and lost the match by 4 wickets. Overall, the team has good talent and experience on its side; they can be a tough unit to beat if they learn to keep their cool and execute their strategy to perfection.
While the teams are well-balanced with a good mix of established players and young talent, the Dolphins have played better as a team and can definitely perform under pressure. While the Lions will fight hard to climb up the ladder, Dolphins look better placed to win the match on Friday.
Dolphins, 2.00 @ TitanBet