Dolphins set sights on swift revenge

2010-11-30 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins are ready to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the first leg of their MTN40 semi-final to the Chevrolet Knights on Sunday.

The KZN side were caught in a boundary blizzard right at the end of the match, but coach Graham Ford said that he wasn’t surprised at the bashing exploits of Johan van der Wath.

“I know Johan has the ability to do that, and I have seen him do it countless times in county cricket, as well,” Ford explained.

“Sometimes you will get caught by one of those, but that’s just cricket.”

The Dolphins coach said his side were certainly not helped by Ravi Bopara cramping up in the critical, death overs.

“Ravi has been doing a great job at the death, but when his leg started cramping, he couldn’t really do much.

“It was a pity because he has bowled very well at that stage for us this season,” Ford lamented.

He did express that the side are still upbeat ahead of Friday’s pivotal second leg.

“If we had been absolutely hammered, then I guess we would be more worried,” he said.

“But I think we dominated that game for large chunks, and we know that a few things here and there were the difference on the day.”

Ford also lavished praise on the unplayable spell served up by Proteas’ ODI specialist Ryan McLaren at the end of the Dolphins innings.

The last over went for a miserly six runs — including two wides — and the Dolphins could not finish their own knock in a similar fashion to the Free Staters’ bluedgeoning.

“That was just unbelievable bowling, which you can’t really do too much about.

“Our main ball-strikers didn’t come off on the day, but that happens sometimes,” Ford emphasised.

The Dolphins are almost certain to have Hashim Amla available for Friday’s affair, and Ford said that will do his side a world of good.

“He is one of the world’s best ODI players, so of course his presence will give us a lift.”

Amla’s class atop the order will certainly give the likes of McLaren more to think about, but the Dolphins own bowlers will be desperate to hit the right spots when the going gets tough.

Sunday’s experience will have provided some harsh lessons to the KZN side, but the silver lining is their chance on Friday to make amends.

 

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