Dolphins seamers deliver the goods in their victory over Titans by eight wickets

2014-01-30 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Morné van Wyk got it right when he opted to bowl first after calling correctly in last night’s Ram Slam T20 match against the Titans at SuperSport Park.

His seamers — Kyle Abbott, Robbie Frylinck and Mthokozisi Shezi — delivered the goods in a display of controlled and varied bowling as they restricted the home side to 115-7 at a rate of 5,75, a total the Dolphins passed in 16.5 overs for an eight-wicket win.

In a match vital to both sides with the winner moving into second place on the log, the Dolphins, who have never won a T20 match at Centurion, fielded and bowled brilliantly on a pitch described by Frylinck as “not easy and not the usual Centurion wicket, being a bit slow and two-paced”.

For the fourth time in the competition this season, Abbott struck in his first over, getting rid of Titans skipper Henry Davids (1). Battling to sum up the conditions and the wicket, the Titans struggled to 30-3 in the mandatory six-over powerplay, Davids joined by Faf du Plessis (2) and Heino Kuhn (13) in the change room.

Only a fourth-wicket partnership of 29 between Roelof van der Merwe (17) and Farhaan Berhardien (31) and a fifth-wicket stand of 31 between Berhardien and Albie Morkel (34*) saw the Titans struggle beyond the hundred mark and it was up to their spinners, led by Pakistan maestro Saeed Ajmal, to try and curb the Dolphins.

Abbott was again miserly, claiming 1-16 in his four overs, while Shezi was more than useful in his spell which resulted in figures of 2-16. Frylinck was his consistent self with 2-22 in his four overs and spinners Keshav Maharaj (1-16) and Daryn Smit (1-14) were the other wicket takers.

Fed by some short-pitched bowling from Ethy Mbhalati in particular, Dolphins openers Van Wyk and Cameron Delport raced out the blocks, scoring at nine to the over in the early stages of the chase. Ajmal was into the attack after three overs and struck immediately when Delport was caught by keeper Mangaliso Mosehle for 17 from 13 balls.

Cody Chetty joined Van Wyk and a run rate well above eight to the over was maintained as the Dolphins enjoyed a productive powerplay that brought 49 runs for one wicket. Chetty was dropped by Ajmal at mid-on on 12 and made the most of his life as the Dolphins went for a bonus point win by hoping to get the required total in 16 overs.

The Dolphins 100 was up in 13.5 overs but they could not get the bonus point, Chetty being dismissed for 50 (41 balls) off the last ball of the 16th over.

Van Wyk (50*) and David Miller (1*) saw the Dolphins home by eight wickets as they reached 120-2, Van Wyk smashing a six over point to seal the win. Ajmal was the only Titans wicket-taker with 2-23 in his four overs.

The win takes the Dolphins to second on the log with 23 points, two behind the Cobras, each side having played eight games.

Ram Slammer of the day was Chetty and Shezi was the Ram Deliverer.


Titans 115/7 (20/20 ov); Dolphins 120/2 (16.5/20 ov)

Dolphins won by 8 wickets (with 19 balls remaining).

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