About the Match
The Dolphins have been a little unlucky with the weather and as a result, find themselves in a bit of a tricky situation with only one win from four matches. Adding to that win tally will not be easy against the Titans, who have won all their four matches this season convincingly. The Dolphins were able to beat a much more fancied Cape Cobras in their opening encounter but repeating the same upset could be much more difficult.
With a foot into the knockout stages of the tournament already, the Titans are running away from the rest of the teams. Led by some awesome batting from Markram and de Villiers who both have nearly 150 runs to their name already, the Titans have not been short of runs in any of their matches.
It is a testament to their hitting power that Markram, de Villiers, Morkel, and Behardien are all scoring their runs at a strike rate of greater than 175.00.
The only area of trouble for the Titans remains their opening partnership of de Kock and Davids. Both the batsmen are averaging less than 15 and have a total of just about 50 runs each. How long can a player of de Kock’s quality be kept quiet? Not for too much longer we would assume.
With plenty of power at the top, players like Behardien and Morkel to finish the innings and the genius of AB de Villiers to win a game from any position, the Titans are one of the strongest batting lineups in the competition.
Ngidi is currently leading the wicket-taking tally for the Titans with 7 scalps to his name while Steyn, Morkel, Shamsi, and Siboto share the remaining wickets remarkably equally.
With the bowling purring along nicely and the batting firing on all cylinders, this Titans team will only be beaten by a very special performance by the opposition.
Sarel Erwee is going to be the focus of the Dolphins batting lineup once again after his spectacular century in the opening game. He could very well find himself in the reckoning for a national spot if his form continues like it has over the last few months and there is no better way of standing out then scoring runs against a top-quality Dolphins attack.
While the Dolphins may not boast of the galaxy of stars that the Titans do, Erwee, Zondo, van Wyk, and Vilas make for a very strong batting order as well. There is also Frylinck who can tonk the ball out of the park with great regularity when he gets going to provide a boost in the end.
It's also not all about the batting either with the Dolphins.
Top-quality spinners like Imran Tahir and Keshav Maharaj can be crucial in T20 cricket by changing the pace up and foxing the batsmen with their variations. Adding the edge to the bowling attack will be Phehlukwayo and Frylinck, both of whom can pick up wickets within the powerplay overs or be effective at the death.
We have a feeling that Imran Tahir’s performance against some of the biggest hitters in this competition is going to be the key battle that could well decide the fate of the match.
If there is any team that has looked likely to give the Titans a fright then it’s the Dolphins.
Pitch and Conditions
The rain does not seem to want to let go of the Dolphins and once again there is a possibility of scattered thunderstorms being forecast for match day right now. We could see a reduced match being played or maybe even another complete washout.
The pitch at WIllowmoore Park is usually bouncy with plenty in it for bowlers that bend their backs. The batsmen too end up enjoying such surfaces in T20 cricket and so an even contest between the bat and ball could be on the cards, provided the rain lets up.
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