Dolphins defend good score to tame the Lions

2014-01-23 00:00

WHAT a difference three days makes as the Dolphins shifted a gear against the Lions in their Ram Slam clash at Kingsmead last night, looking a vastly different outfit to the one that had succumbed rather tamely to the Cobras on Sunday.

This time around, they defended their 214-2 with purpose, winning by 16 runs as they restricted the Lions to 198-9, moving to second on the log behind the Cobras, who beat the Titans in Cape Town.

Winning the toss, Dolphins openers Cameron Delport and Van Wyk took the game to the Lions attack. The fifty came off 24 balls and after the mandatory six-over powerplay, the Dolphins had raced to 77 without loss, scoring at 12,8 to the over, the highest powerplay score of the competition to date.

Lions skipper Thami Tsolikile introduced spin in the seventh over, bringing on Imran Tahir, but to no avail. Delport reached his fifty from 25 balls with 11 fours in the seventh over and Van Wyk was given a life on 26 when Gulam Bodi dropped a skier at mid-on, the Dolphins on 70. The pair brought up the century stand in 48 balls with 16 boundaries and two sixes.

The stand was broken on 105 when Van Wyk (41) failed to clear Dwaine Pretorius at deep mid-wicket, his runs coming from 22 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. It was a record opening stand for the Dolphins against the Lions in T20 cricket, passing the 84 of Hashim Amla and Kyle Smit in 2004/05.

Such a platform allowed David Miller to be promoted up the order and he did not disappoint, sharing in a second-wicket partnership of 49 with Delport who was eventually taken at long-on by Alviro Petersen for 82 in 44 balls (14x4, 1x6). Vaughn van Jaarsveld joined Miller and the pair put on an unbroken 60 for the third wicket, Miller ending on 60 from 40 balls (4x4, 3x6), including a hit off Azhar Mahmood which bounced on the roof of the Friendship Pavilion.

Van Jaarsveld was undefeated on 21 and the 214 was the highest score the Dolphins had made against the Lions, way past the 191-7 at Potch in 2005/06. It was also their highest total in T20 cricket, better than the 200-4 against the Titans in Benoni in 2004/05.

Six bowlers were used by the Lions, all going for more than seven to the over. Mahmood and Tahir were the only wicket-takers and the only respite was a 10-minute break, with the Dolphins 162-2, when one of the floodlights packed up.

In reply, the Lions lost Bodi (9) but reached 70-2 after six overs, Quinton de Kock departing off the last ball of the fifth over for 31. Neil McKenzie (61) from 32 balls (7x4, 2x6) kept the Lions in the game and a late flurry from the tail-enders saw the Lions through to 198-9, yet to break the 200-run mark in T20 cricket.

Kyle Abbott and Robbie Frylinck took two wickets apiece, with Craig Alexander, Daryn Smit and Keshav Maharaj getting one each.

Alexander (1-31) was the Ram Deliverer of the Day and Delport was the Slammer of the Day.

The Dolphins next match is against the Cobras in Paarl tomorrow at 6pm.


Dolphins innings

M van Wyk c Pretorius b Imran Tahir44

C Delport c Petersen b Azhar Mahmood82

D Miller not out60

V van Jaarsveld not out21

Extras: (lb3, w3, nb1)7

TOTAL: (for two wickets, 20 overs)214

Bowling: Sohail Tanvir 4-0-38-0, Morris 3-0-32-0 (1w), Viljoen 3-0-46-0

(1nb, 2w), Azhar Mahmood 4-0-50-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-31-1, Petersen 2-0-14-0

Lions innings

Q de Kock c Zondo b Frylinck31

G Bodi c Zondo b Abbott9

A Petersen c Delport b Maharaj33

N McKenzie lbw b Abbott61

Azhar Mahmood run out (Alexander/Van Wyk)0

T Tsolekile b Frylinck15

D Pretorius c Van Wyk b Smit1

C Morris c Van Wyk b Alexander9

Sohail Tanvir run out (Van Wyk)7

G Viljoen not out13

Imran Tahir not out11

Extras: (lb1, w4, nb3)8

Total: (for nine wickets, 20 overs)198

Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-70, 3-92, 4-93, 5-113, 6-128, 7-147, 8-168, 9-175

Bowling: Zondo 1-0-10-0, Abbott 4-0-42-2, Alexander 4-0-31-1 (2nb, 1w),Frylinck 4-0-56-2 (2w), Maharaj 4-0-37-1, Smit 3-0-21-1.

Result: Dolphins won by 16 runs.

• Other results

Cape Cobras 129/9 (20/20 ov); Titans 116/6 (20/20 ov) Cape Cobras won by 13 runs

Knights 145/6 (20/20 ov); Warriors 140/6 (20.0/20 ov)Knights won by 5 runs.

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