About the Match
Warriors yet again suffered a loss, this time against Titans by 56 runs through DLS method in a rain-affected game; they will take on Dolphins at Port Elizabeth on 3rd December for the 22nd match of the series. Warriors are at the bottom of the table with 6 points while Dolphins have 12 points and are positioned in the 4th place after most of their recent games were abandoned due to rain. This will be a good contest if the rain gods show some respite, and we are sure to see players from both teams trying to put their best foot forward for a much-needed win.
Chasing a target of 173 from a 13-over innings became an uphill climb for the Warriors as the middle order collapsed like a pack of cards. JJ Smuts led from the front as he posted 53 off 30 while Yaseen Vallie and Colin Ingram managed to get double digits; however, others like Ackermann, Jonker, Sisanda Magala and all-rounder Andrew Birch failed to put up a fight. They lost the match by 56 runs in the end after a dismal performance with bat and ball. BD Walters, Smuts and Nqweni took a wicket each earlier but they also proved to be expensive; they will need to pull up their socks in the upcoming game here.
Against Lions in the earlier match, Colin Ingram’s terrific 89 off just 48 deliveries took them comfortably to the finish line while chasing a gigantic target of 183. Christiaan Jonker played a useful knock by scoring 39 runs while Ackermann contributed with 17 runs. Earlier, the bowlers were yet again expensive, but BD Walters, Smuts, and Birch got a breakthrough each.
They have good resources in the fast-bowling department, but they would do better to put up a disciplined attack; players like Ingram, Smuts, and Ackermann are experienced enough to guide the team to another victory here.
The last time they played a full game, they lost the match by 6 wickets; it was a loss against Lions as the bowlers failed to defend 168 runs. Morne van Wyk and Sibonelo Makhanya scored 40+ runs each while all-rounder Robbie Frylinck scored 22 runs to take the total to 168; however, the bowlers despite a 2-wicket haul by Andile Phehlukwayo, couldn’t stop the Lions from scoring the winning runs. The bowling unit has fine players like Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Frylinck, and Subrayen, who can provide regular wickets, but they couldn’t impress much against Lions.
Against Cobras, they had won the match by 15 runs through DLS method after a spectacular 103 by Sarel Erwee that guided them to a 231-run total. Captain Khaya Zondo also did well to post 67 and others like Dane Vilas and Morne van Wyk pitched in with runs. Maharaj and Frylinck got a wicket each and the opponents were driven down by pressure to reach the revised target in 10 overs.
Rains have played spoilsport for the Dolphins and they are desperate for a good game now; whether batting first or during a chase, they will strategize to build a solid foundation right from the start.
The Warriors are on a slippery slope right now and must course-correct before it’s too late; the Dolphins have good resources, but they must be rusty from not getting to play matches in recent outings. We feel that Warriors will once again struggle to make a comeback here and Dolphins will strengthen their position with an important win.