Dolphins look to reignite T20 campaign against Impi

2012-03-07 00:00

THE Dolphins will attempt to reignite their MiWay T20 Challenge campaign when they take on the underperforming Impi in Benoni today.

The men from KZN began last weekend in a healthy position after three wins in four matches, but they begin this week with a record that reads three wins, two losses and a no-result.

The Dolphins, by their own admission, were poor in losing by 10 wickets to the resurgent Warriors last Friday while their match against the Lions on Sunday was washed out.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener pulled no punches when asked about his team’s performance in losing to the Warriors in Durban after the home team only managed to cobble together 100/8 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

“We let ourselves down by only making 100 which allowed them [Warriors] to bat conservatively,” said Klusener.

“If we had scored 130 they would have had to play more aggressively. But we misread the conditions. We were caught off-guard and went too hard too early in our innings and probably set our sights too high when batting,” he added.

The net-result of the Dolphins’ poor weekend is that they have slipped to sixth on the log, but, such is the tight nature of the tournament, they are only six points off the log-leading Lions.

A win against the Impi, who have lost all eight of their matches, would be the perfect tonic to start what Klusener called “a very big week” for the Dolphins as they also play the Titans and the Warriors over the weekend.

The Dolphins will want to put their miserable performance against the Warriors behind them and Klusener said the loss was not the end of the world as long as it did not happen again.

“Teams can expect to have a poor game in T20 cricket, it is just the nature of the game. Hopefully, it was a one-off and not the start of a trend,” he said.

The Dolphins signalled their commitment to starting the week well by flying up to Benoni a day early to get in some outdoor practice after Cyclone Irina saw to a sodden Kingsmead.

West Indian opener Chris Gayle has again stayed behind in Durban, but the Dolphins are hoping he will be up and scoring runs by the weekend.

Klusener said that the Dolphins’ next three games in the T20 Challenge could well determine if they qualify for the play-offs.

“We are playing three matches just about on the trot and they will go a long way to determining our fate,” he said. — MWP.

DOLPHINS TEAM

Imraan Khan, Loots Bosman, Cameron Delport, David Miller, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Daryn Smit, Cody Chetty, Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Mthokozisi Shezi, Fidel Edwards, Prenellan Subrayen, Ahmed Amla.

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