Dolphins deliver the goods, knocking down Titans in Ram Slam T20

2014-11-10 00:00

NEEDING to win when it counts, the Dolphins produced the goods against the Titans in a Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash at Kingsmead yesterday, winning by 64 runs and claiming their second bonus point win of the competition.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener played a trump card in selecting two specialist spinners in Keshav Maharaj and Prunelan Subrayen, the pair claiming 6-44 between them, Subrayen’s 3-21 his career best figures at T20 level. Maharaj bagged 3-23.

On a clear afternoon, the Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a belter of a batting strip. Having lost by eight wickets to the Cobras at Newlands on Friday, the Dolphins needed to get back to winning ways to stay in touch with the Lions, Cobras and Knights on the points table, and they did the business in style, reaching 194-5 in their overs.

Going hard with the bat from the start, Van Wyk and Cameron Delport were quick out the blocks, bringing up the 50 in 3.4 overs. Van Wyk was the aggressor as enjoying most of the strike he struck a fluent 37 from 14 balls in an opening partnership of 53, a new first wicket partnership record for the Dolphins against the Titans in T20 cricket.

Solid contributions continued down the order as Cody Chetty (44), Delport (45) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (38) enjoyed good starts and time in the middle without pushing through to a big score. The 150 was brought up in the 15th over and it looked as though the Dolphins would clear the 200-run mark.

In a scratchy last five overs, only 44 runs were achieved and it was felt that perhaps the home side had fallen 10 to 15 runs short. The briefing was clear — if the Dolphins wanted to win, the bowling had to be accurate, backed by committed fielding.

They struck early, reducing the Titans to 50-2 in their six-over powerplay and with wickets tumbling at regular intervals, the Titans were up against it, needing more than a decent miracle at 75-5 and 89-6.

No partnerships of substance were forthcoming and the Titans were strangled by a strong team performance from the Dolphins, stumbling to a poor 130-9.

Besides the spinners, Robbie Frylinck claimed 2-22 and Craig Alexander 1-34.

Maharaj was on a hat-trick in his final over, the 13th of the innings, when he had Qaasim Adams brilliantly caught at long on by a diving and dancing Dwayne Bravo, followed by Darren Sammy LBW. Corbin Bosch kept out the decisive delivery.

No Titans batsman got going, Bosch at number nine making 30* and Dean Elgar 26 at the top of the order. An interesting statistic was substitute fielder Divan van Wyk, on the field for Chetty, taking three catches and brother Morne one. It could be fair to say the Titans were caught by the Van Wyks at Kingsmead.

The win moves the Dolphins up to second on the log behind the Lions, but the Cobras and Knights in third and fourth have games in hand.

This week, the Dolphins meet the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Friday and the Knights in the triple-header at Kingsmead on Sunday.

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