Dolphins hit by total Titans performance

2011-02-14 00:00

The KZN Dolphins suffered their first loss of the Standard Bank pro20 Series yesterday, as the Titans secured a seven-wicket win at Centurion.

The Dolphins, after suffering a second successive top-order collapse, could only muster a total of 103 for seven, and the Titans managed to reach it with enough haste to get a crucial bonus point.

Having won the toss, the Dolphins found themselves at one for three by the third over.

A calamitous run out saw the in-form Devon Conway back in the hut without facing a ball, after he and Loots Bosman had mixed up their smoke signals.

David Miller then chalked up his second duck in as many visits to the crease, as an overly ambitious drive off Andre Nel was snaffled at mid-off.

Bosman then joined the duck department, as he chipped Albie Morkel over mid-on, only to see David Wiese complete a rather special catch over his shoulder.

Form there, the Dolphins were always going to struggle to get anywhere in the contest.

Imraan Khan made a depressing single in all of twenty minutes, as the Dolphins hit a brick wall.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (20) and Ahmed Amla (44 not out) saved the innings from total embarrassment, and Amla even managed to add 51 runs for the eighth wicket with Yasir Arafat, as the Dolphins limped to 103 in their 20 overs.

To stand any chance, the visitors needed early wickets.

An opening stand of 60 in seven overs between captain Jacques Rudolph (29) and Henry Davids (45) put paid to that, while Farhaan Behardien added a breezy 24.

Though all three fell before the end, the job was well done by then.

The Dolphins’ limited attack was exposed this time, especially when the openers took a liking to the fare provided by Kyle Abbott and Arafat upfront.

Of course, the game-plan so far for the Dolphins has revolved around their top-order firing , and then the trundlers to capitalise on the pressure on the opposition,

Yesterday, nothing worked. Already in the semis, the Dolphins still need a win over the Lions in their final group game this Sunday to be sure of two home legs of the three-leg semi.

Whether the brains trust will be tempted to try out a more orthodox bowling attack against the Lions remains to be seen, but it may not be the worst idea.

Scores in brief

Dolphins: 103 for 7 (A Amla 44 not out, V van Jaarsveld 20)

Titans: 107 for 3 in 15.1 overs (H Davids 45, J Rudolph 29)

Result: Titans won by seven wickets

Log standings: Dolphins 12 points (4 matches), Titans 9 (4), Cobras 8 (4), Warriors 8 (3), Lions 5 (3), Knights 2 (4).

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