Supersport Series: Consistency key to Dolphins against Cobras

2011-10-20 00:00

DESPITE a disappointing two weeks for the Dolphins that have seen them lose two consecutive SuperSport Series matches, the team are confident of a favourable result against the Cobras starting today in Cape Town.

Coach Graham Ford is confident the team have put the performances against the Titans and the Knights behind them, and are looking to approach the Newlands match with a clean slate.

Key for the Dolphins will be solid batting performances. Whether this can be done in both innings of a game will be an area of concern for Ford.

In the match against the Titans, form batsman Divan van Wyk scored 45 in the Dolphins’ first innings and 77 in the second innings. By contrast, in the first innings Imraan Khan only managed nine runs while he looked settled in the second innings with 41. Against the Knights Khan batted superbly to score 50 in the first innings, while he only managed five in the second. Van Wyk failed in both innings.

Speaking to The Witness ahead of last week’s game, vice captain Daryn Smit said he is in some of his best form and can contribute meaningfully with the bat. He showed this with 77 and 24 against the Titans — not out in both innings. Against the Knights he scored 82 and 20.

The Dolphins bowling has at times been uninspired. Robbie Frylinck took six wickets in one innings against the Lions in the first match of the series, but there was no support for him at the other end. Friedel de Wet bowled well against the Knights and had support at stages from Kyle Abbott and Imran Tahir, but these were brief.

Of concern to the Dolphins would be Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt, who both took five wickets in the Cobras’ victory over Warriors, and Justin Ontong who scored 105 in the Cobras’ first innings. Winning the toss will be crucial on a Newlands wicket that teams avoid batting last on.

 

This weeks fixtures:

Cobras vs Dolphins at Newlands.

Lions vs Warriors at Wanderers.

 

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