Dolphins pipped by Knights’ late flurry

2010-11-29 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins will have to do it the hard way to make it to a second straight MTN40 final, after a Knighs’ boundary frenzy saw them lose by four-wickets in yesterday’s first leg of the semi-finals.

Johan van der Wath and the unheralded Obus Pienaar rattled up 54 off just four overs as the Knights sailed home with 10 balls to spare.

Van der Wath hit Ravi Bopara right out of the ground, while Piennaar bludgeoned 25 off a Kyle Abbott over to close matters.

Imraan Khan had won the toss and elected to bat, but the Dolphins have been a different beast since the injury to Loots Bosman.

Khan and Ahmed Amla opened, and one senses they are too similarly-paced to have a real impact in the opening 10 overs.

Amla made 35 off 45 balls and he was the first of many Dolphins’ batters to make a start and then not quite follow through — but for evergreen Bopara’s vital 64.

David Miller (34) toiled manfully, but runs were hard to come by on the slow track.

The Dolphins would have hoped to finish in a blaze, but Ryan McLaren served up an unplayable final over, yielding only six runs to leave the home side a target of 227.

Morne van Wyk was out in a rather curious manner — caught behind despite missing the first ball of the chase. The ball by Jon Kent shaved the off-bail, and the umpire assumed the noise to be willow.

The Knights slumped to 29 for three, but a 109-run stand between Reeza Hendricks (64) and Dean Elgar (58) just about sealed matters.

Hendricks was given a reprieve by the normally solid Glen Addicott on the square-leg fence, and the Dolphins were left to rue that.

A late wobble gave the visitors a sniff, but the late fireworks by Van der Wath and Pienaar gave the Knights the early lead in the three-match tie.

SCOREBOARD

Toss: Dolphins

Dolphins innings

I Khan c Elgar b R McLaren 13

A Amla c Pienaar b Coetzee 35

J Kent c Hendricks b R McLaren 19

R Bopara c Van Wyk b Coetzee 64

V van Jaarsveld c Van der Wath b Mpitsang 24

D Miller run out (Van Wyk/R McLaren) 34

G Addicott run out (R McLaren/De Lange) 2

D Smit not out 22

K Zondo not out 0

Extras (3 leg byes, 10 wides) 13

TOTAL (for 7 wkts; 40 overs) 226

Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-67, 3-103, 4-149, 5-169, 6-185, 7-222

Bowling: Van der Wath 6-0-41-0 (2w), R McLaren 7-0-44-2 (6w), Mpitsang 8-1-28-1, Pienaar 2-0-15-0, Coetzee 7-0-33-2 (2w), De Lange 8-0-41-0, Van Schalkwyk 2-0-21-0

Knights innings

M van Wyk c Smit b Kent 0

R Hendricks lbw b Friend 64

R Rossouw lbw b Abbott 1

R Bailey c Smit b Abbott 14

D Elgar lbw b Tahir 58

O Pienaar not out 31

R McLaren c Smit b Bopara 19 J van der Wath not out 29

Extras (1 bye, 5 leg byes, 5 wides) 11

TOTAL (for 6 wickets; 38.2 overs) 227

Fall of wickets: 1/0, 2/5, 3/29, 4/138, 5/147, 6/173.

Bowling: Kent 8-1-33-1, Abbott 7-1-37-2, 5.4-0-42-1 (4w), Bopara 6.4-0-45-1 (1w), Maharaj 4-0-27-0, Tahir 7-0-37-1.

Knights won by four wickets.

 

After a four-wicket loss to the fast-finishing Chevrolet Knights yesterday, the KZN Dolphins have it all to do of they are to make it to a second straight MTN40 final.

In their favour is the fact that they will have two legs of the semi-final at home - provided of course they win Friday’s second leg.

Imraan Khan elected to bat, but the Dolphins then showed just how much they are missing the power of Loots Bosman.

Khan has thrived on the contrasting styles that he and Bosman use, but he and Ahmed Amla are too similarly paced to give the innings the start it needs.

Khan was bounced out for the second time against the Knights, before Jon Kent came in and struck it well from the start.

But when he spanked one straight to short-cover, it started a trend for the Dolphins batsmen.

Plenty got starts on the slow-ish track, but only the evergreen Ravi Bopara (64) kicked on.

David Miller (34) toiled manfully, but he was foiled by one heck of a final over by Ryan McLaren.

Where the Dolphins may have hoped to finish with a 15-20 run over, McLaren’s yorkers only gave away six, as the Dolphins ended on 226 - at least 20 runs shy.

Morne van Wyk was dismissed in the most curious of manners - given out caught behind to a ball he missed, which then clipped the off-bail, which then didn’t fall!

Kyle Abbott then snaffled a further two scalps, as the Knights slumped to 29 for 3.

But Reeza Hendricks (64) and Dean Elgar (58) added 109 priceless runs, with Hendricks given a life by a crucial Glen Addicott let-off on the square-leg fence.

When Elgar and Heendricks fell within 9 runs of each other, the Dolphins looked likely to steal it again, but the power of Johan van der Wath and the unheralded Obus Pienaar saw a stand of 54 off just 24 balls, to seal the win in some style.

- Sports Reporter.

Scoreboard

Toss: Dolphins

Dolphins innings

I Khan c Elgar b R McLaren 13

A Amla c Pienaar b Coetzee 35

J Kent c Hendricks b R McLaren 19

R Bopara c Van Wyk b Coetzee 64

V van Jaarsveld c Van der Wath b Mpitsang 24

D Miller run out (Van Wyk/R McLaren) 34

G Addicott run out (R McLaren/De Lange) 2

D Smit not out 22

K Zondo not out 0

Extras (3 leg byes, 10 wides) 13

Total (for 7 wkts; 40 overs) 226

Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-67, 3-103, 4-149, 5-169, 6-185, 7-222

Bowling: Van der Wath 6-0-41-0 (2w), R McLaren 7-0-44-2 (6w), Mpitsang 8-1-28-1, Pienaar 2-0-15-0, Coetzee 7-0-33-2 (2w), De Lange 8-0-41-0, Van Schalkwyk 2-0-21-0

Knights innings

M van Wyk c Smit b Kent 0

R Hendricks lbw b Friend 64

R Rossouw lbw b Abbott 1

R Bailey c Smit b Abbott 14

D Elgar lbw b Tahir 58

O Pienaar not out 31

R McLaren c Smit b Bopara 19

J van der Wath not out 29

Extras (1 bye, 5 leg byes, 5 wides) 11

TOTAL (for 6 wickets; 38.2 overs) 227

Fall of wickets: 1/0, 2/5, 3/29, 4/138, 5/147, 6/173. Bowling: Kent 8-1-33-1, Abbott 7-1-37-2, 5.4-0-42-1 (4w), Bopara 6.4-0-45-1 (1w), Maharaj 4-0-27-0, Tahir 7-0-37-1.

Knights won by four wickets.

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