Dolphins battle rain ahead of third match

2014-09-27 00:00

RAIN could have the final say in the Dolphins’ third clash of the Champions League in India today as they take on qualifiers, the Lahore Lions, in Bangalore.

Having lost their opening two clashes against the Perth Scorchers and Chennai Super Kings, the Dolphins will scent victory third time around against a team that had to qualify for the tournament.

Despite the two losses, the Dolphins have gained many friends with their positive approach and making a fight of things. Both games have run the full 40 overs and there have been some encouraging signs, particularly up front in the batting, while the team have devoured the experience, being all the richer for the domestic season that lies ahead.

Plenty of rain has fallen over the Chinnaswamy Stadium in the past two days, with teams based in the city having to curtail their practice sessions, with anything scheduled for outside having no chance of happening.

Keen to stay in the groove, the Dolphins opted for the indoor centre, firm in the belief that some practice and drill would be better than nothing.

They found the nets in great shape and enjoyed a three-hour session of intense training. Obviously, the field remained off limits and the pitch was still moist, battling to find time to dry in between the regular deluges.

Both sides are holding thumbs that the rain will abate between now and when the game starts; sharing the points of no benefit to either team.

Further storms are predicted though and the field can only take so much before succumbing to the elements.

Nonetheless, if they can play, the Dolphins will take confidence into the match, knowing a first win in the tournament could become a reality.

Cameron Delport is looking menacing at the top of the order, skipper Morné van Wyk has hit the ball well in the nets this week and it remains for the middle-order to come to the party, along with the bowlers who can only make up ground after being bashed for 262 runs by the Super Kings.

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

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