Dolphins to apply Oz-style pressure

2011-11-04 00:00

ALTHOUGH Dolphins vice-captain Daryn Smit alluded to the luck element, which is inherent in limited-overs cricket, he feels that applying pressure at the right times will play a far greater role in winning the One Day Cup.

And if one thinks back to the game between South Africa and Australia, which was played at Kingsmead last week, the value in this can be seen.

Although South Africa were plagued by some woeful batting, a key component of the Australian victory was applying pressure during the batting power play.

This could be the trump card that the Dolphins hold in today’s match against the Cobras at Kingsmead.

In Kyle Abbott and Robbie Frylinck the Dolphins have “stock bowlers”, who can focus on pitching a ball on a penny rather than being creative in getting wickets.

Smit said, “Frylinck and Abbott will play a big role in our limited over ambitions.

“Frylinck is an aggressive bowler, but he is also a batsman that is known to be devastating when on song.

“Abbott just needs to do what he has been doing well the whole season, line and length bowling.”

Abbott, Frylinck and Friedel de Wet will form the basis of the bowling attack with either Keshav Maharaj or Dane Paterson being the last bowler.

Considering the way that Paterson troubled the Cobras batsmen when the sides met in the SuperSport Series two weeks ago, he should get the nod ahead of Maharaj, who could play a key role at the Pietermaritzburg Oval on Sunday — a pitch that takes to turn more than Kingsmead.

On the batting front Loots Bosman will be important in getting runs up front in the innings.

The support that he gets from David Miller will also be key.

Smit said, “Miller is a natural one-day player and we saw him at his best in the Port Elizabeth ODI.

“A feature of his game this season is that he doesn’t want to swing at every ball that comes his way, he is like a boxer who picks his gaps as and when he chooses.”

There is an old adage in cricket that says that the toss is merely a way to start the game. But with the new Duckworth Lewis calculations and the unpredictable weather in KZN, this might not be the case.

South Africa chose incorrectly against Australia in the first ODI in Pretoria, and when the heavens opened, more runs were added to their target then usual.

There is a 30% chance of rain for today, which could feature late afternoon thundershowers.

Today’s match starts at 3 pm, while the game against the Warriors on Sunday starts at 10 am.

• jonathan.faurie@witness.co.za

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