Determined Dolphins dig deep

2010-11-20 00:00

The KZN Dolphins displayed their tenacity last night as they convincingly beat the Chevrolet Knights by 67 runs, despite posting a mere 201 on the board.

Led by the increasingly influential Ravi Bopara, the Dolphins not only defended their total, they also showed qualities that will hold them in good stead in next week’s semi-finals.

Imraan Khan won the toss and chose to bat, as the KZN looked to put a turbulent week off the field behind them.

Cameron Delport came back into the side at the top of the order. But for the second time in as many matches at Kingsmead, the leftie was castled by an expert yorker, this time from the impressive Ryan McLaren.

Khan and a free-scoring Ahmed Amla then added 49, before Khan was bounced out by a fired-up Johan van der Wath.

Amla, who employed a runner due to a groin strain, bashed it about with relish, and he found a willing partner in Bopara.

They added 83 for the third wicket, before Amla fell for 58 off 55 balls, having clubbed two sixes and four boundaries.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld, with plenty on his mind no doubt, scratched around before skying Con de Lange, departing with a rather grim 2 runs.

Bopara (60) then got out in curious circumstances, getting a top edge off the back of his bat, as he tried to tickle Van der Wath past short fine leg.

From there, the Dolphins caved in, losing their last six wickets for all of 11 runs.

They looked to have chucked their chances there and then, but no one had reckoned with their new-found determination.

Bopara, Imran Tahir and a resurgent Keshav Maharaj were the heroes with the ball, as the Dolphins even brushed aside a dropped chance from the dangerous Morne van Wyk off the second ball of the innings.

It just didn’t matter, as Bopara snared 4/11, and the spin twins nabbed two apiece.

That the Dolphins won so easily was down to some shocking batting by the visitors, but Graham Ford will be mightily heartened by his charges’ resolve.

Their reward may yet be top spot in their pool, if the Lions lose to the Cobras tomorrow.

With Hashim Amla back for the business end, things are looking up down Kingsmead way.

SCOREBOARD

Dolphins innings

I Khan c Du Preez b vd Wath23

C Delport b McClaren6

A Amla c Du Preez b McClaren58

R Bopara c Van Wyk b vd Wath60

V Van Jaarsveld c Du Preez b De Lange2

D Miller b McClaren27

G Addicott b Coetzee1

D Smith c Van Wyk b McClaren0

J Kent not out5

K Abbott r/o ( McClaren)1

I Tahir c Elgar b Coetzee0

Extras ( 1b, 6lb, 10w, 1nb)18

TOTAL (all out in 38 overs) 201

Fall of wickets: 1/8, 2/57, 3/140, 4/147, 5/190, 6/ 193, 7/ 193, 8/193, 9/200

Bowling: Van der Wath 7-0-35-2, McClaren 8-1-42-4, Du Preez 6-0-30-0, Kruger 6-0-29-0, De Lange 5-0-38-1, Coetzee 5-0-12-2, Van Schalkwyk 1-0-8-0

Knights innings

MN van Wyk b Kent34

RR Hendricks c Addicott b Abbott8

RR Rossouw lbw b Bopara30

RT Bailey b Bopara24

D Elgar c Delport b Maharaj12

AP McLaren lbw b Imran Tahir1

R McLaren c & b Maharaj5

JJ van der Wath not out8

AK Kruger c Smit b Bopara2

D du Preez b Bopara0

CD de Lange c Smit b Imran Tahir1

Extras (lb 7, w 2)9

TOTAL (all out in 33.4 overs) 134

Fall of wickets 1-43, 2-43, 3-99, 4-108, 5-109, 6-121, 7-126, 8-133, 9-133, 10-134

Bowling: Shezi 5 0 23 0, Abbott 5 0 26 1, Kent 6 0 25 1, Maharaj 4 0 16 2, Imran Tahir 7.4 1 26 2, RS Bopara 6 0 11 4.

Dolphins won by 67 runs. — Sapa.

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