Dolphins aiming for upset in India

2014-09-20 00:00

LATER today, the Dolphins step up to the plate in their opening Champions League clash against the Perth Scorchers in Mohali, India.

Having departed for the subcontinent last weekend, the Dolphins have had time to settle, acclimatise and prepare. This included a practice match on Wednesday that allowed valuable time in the middle, simulating proper match conditions.

Seen as one of the dark horses at the tournament, the Dolphins are quietly confident ahead of the game, concentrating on their gameplan and executing what they do best.

Coach Lance Klusener’s only concerns were all-rounder Robbie Frylinck, who picked up a back twinge in the practice match and spinner Keshav Maharaj, who experienced an allergic reaction to something. “Frylinck has had treatment and should be fit, while Maharaj has recovered and was feeling healthy,” he said.

The coach also downplayed any perceptions of the Dolphins being easy meat in the competition, saying, “Of course we are here to win. We are one of 10 teams wanting to win. We have high expectations and come with a team that has a healthy balance of talent, youth and experience.”

Skipper Morné van Wyk added that despite being on the sub-continent, playing conditions were not that different to what his team was used to.

“This is T20 cricket which is based on scoring runs and entertaining the spectators,” he said. “That means pitches prepared for this type of cricket are fairly similar around the world, favouring the batsmen with the ball coming on well.

“I have huge faith in the team and am confident we will get home in this game.”

The pitch for today’s game looks firm with quite a bit of grass, which is surprising. Under the grass is a dry crust, calling for both sides to select their attack with care and wisdom. A solid balance of pace and spin looks to be the key.

In this regard, the Dolphins only name their attack this morning. While it appears all options will be available, paceman Daryn Dupavillon will not be considered as he has yet to recover from a hand injury.

Today’s match is telecast on SS2 from 12.15 pm.

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