Dolphins primed to chase and defend

2011-11-21 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Graham Ford said that after the narrow win against the Knights in their One Day Cup match in Bloemfontein on Friday night, he is confident that his team can now both chase and defend a total.

“The bowlers performed well chasing down a low total. It shows that we have mettle in both departments. As always we can improve, especially in the batting after Friday night’s match. But I feel that we are close to our best,” said Ford.

Sent in to bat by the Knights, the Dolphins scored 250 with David Miller (56) the top scorer. But the Dolphins’ spinners bowled well with Keshav Maharaj (3/37) and Imraan Khan (2/27) doing the most damage. The pace attack, without key pace bowler Kyle Abbott, also took wickets at crucial times.

The Dolphins have had mixed results this season, with three no results, two wins and a loss, but Ford says that they have built enough momentum over the past two weeks to do well at Kingsmead on Wednesday and at Potchefstroom this Friday.

Their opponents on Wednesday are the Titans, who the Dolphins beat in Pretoria on November 11.

Key to winning this match could be aggressive bowling to the hard hitting Henry Davids, Heino Kuhn and Faf du Plessis.

“Pressure will be the name of the game on Wednesday,” said Ford. “They have to win most of their remaining matches if they want to feature in the semi-finals, so we need to be wary of them,” said Ford.

It will be the Dolphins’ first game back at home after a week on the road and Ford hopes the weather will hold out.

“We have seen that Durban has been getting a lot of rain over the past week. Let’s hope we can get a full match in,” he said.

Ahmed Amla may make a return against the titans after being forced to retire hurt in his innings against the Warriors in East London, but Ford said that the team might be kept the same, going into the Titans match.

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