Can Miller pull it off again?

2014-02-08 00:00

CELEBRATIONS, emotions and body language after Thursday night’s play-off win against the Titans in the Ram Slam T20 competition at Kingsmead, gave a clear indication of how badly the Dolphins want the trophy.

And rightly so. For too long the Dolphins have failed to deliver, stumbling at vital moments, at the final hurdle, as silverware has long since left the building.

For the first time in many a season, there is a feeling of confidence that this team can do the business and produce the goods against the Cobras in tomorrow’s final at Newlands.

Working as a unit, the players have knit together as a team and are worthy finalists as one of the more consistent teams in the competition. Batsmen have scored when they had to, often rescuing a faltering ship and the bowlers, led by Kyle Abbott, have toiled manfully, restricting scoring at vital times, particularly in the death overs.

But the talk of the town right now is David Miller after his unbelievable 93* from 37 balls against the Titans, an innings that included six boundaries and nine sixes, in a display that even stunned coach Lance Klusener, himself a destroyer of bowling in his heyday.

“It was unbelievable and I have not seen anything like it before,” he said. “David stood up at the most vital time in the competition.”

With one hand on the trophy, all focus is on tomorrow’s final and Dolphins captain Morne van Wyk is not counting his chickens before they hatch.

“We are where we want to be according to our goals ahead of the competition and it’s a great team effort that has taken us to this point,” he said. “However, the job is not done and the final is still to be played.”

Getting to the final has guaranteed the Dolphins a spot in the Champions League T20 later this year after missing out a few seasons back when the tournament, scheduled to be played in India, was called off due to terrorist bomb attacks.

“It’s big for us to play in such a tournament and benefits the players and the team,” said Van Wyk. “Playing on such a huge stage will be a first for most of our young team and that in itself will require more work and focus.”

Tomorrow’s match starts at 2.30 pm and will be telecast on SuperSport 2 and SuperSport HD2.

Dolphins Squad: Prenelan Subrayen, Kyle Nipper, Morne van Wyk, Mthokozisi Shezi, Craig Alexander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Cody Chetty and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

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