Dolphins ‘need to focus on game plan and strategies’ for Knights clash

2012-10-11 00:00

AFTER launching their four-day campaign with two positive performances in their opening encounters in the Sunfoil Series, the Dolphins are concentrating on their own game and strengths when today’s clash against the Knights starts at Pietermaritzburg Oval.

With the weather looking to play it’s part in disrupting procedures, coach Lance Klusener will be telling his players to use their time well, play with the right attitude and take whatever chances come their way with both hands.

Speaking to The Witness, Klusener said: “It’s frustrating that we had the opposition on the ropes in both opening matches [Lions and Warriors], but we are on the right track, playing aggressive cricket in search of a result.

“While the Knights are a decent outfit and we respect they too will be looking for a win, we need to focus on our game plan and strategies, using our strengths to dictate play and force openings to exploit where we can.”

There’s no doubt that the bowling department is a major strength and, as Klusener pointed out: “We have taken 37 of the 40 wickets on offer in our two matches to date.

“That was a huge focus ahead of the season and it’s satisfying to see the boys come to the party and bowl the opposition out, thereby setting a decent platform for the batters and allow us to get into possible match winning situations.

“Although no batsmen have notched a century, there have been some encouraging knocks, with batsmen prepared to spend time at the crease, working for their runs.

“Some batsmen have got starts and a few others need to work a little harder, but it’s early days and they are contributing to the bigger picture,” said Klusener.

The coach and his team are expecting a pitch at the Oval with some grass, resulting in the strip being a little quicker than usual.

“We need some grass on the pitch to make it sporty and lean toward generating a result. Four-day cricket is a hard slog and there needs to be reward in the wicket for batsmen and bowlers which in turn yields a competitive contest between both sides.”

David Miller, currently playing for Yorkshire in Champions League T20 qualifying matches in Johannesburg, is available for today’s match despite being hit in the face by an Umar Gul delivery when playing against Uva Next on Tuesday, and will be the vital cog in the Dolphins’ middle order. Protea players Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Hashim Amla are unavailable for selection, leaving Klusener with the same squad he had for the Warriors clash, with right arm quickie Mthokozisi Shezi added.

DOLPHINS SQUAD V KNIGHTS

Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Daryn Smit (capt), Kyle Abbott, Robbie Frylinck, Craig Alexander, Prenelan Subrayen, Mthokozisi Shezi and Dane Paterson.

Play starts at 9.30 am.

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