Dolphins get to play against IPL stars

2010-09-06 00:00

THE Dolphins, with their season drawing ever nearer, are currently entertaining some of the Champions League participants in a number of friendlies ahead of the Twenty20 competition, which kicks off on Friday at the Wanderers.

The Dolphins are not part of that competition, but they are still gaining valuable experience against some of the world’s best players.

On Saturday, the KZN outfit locked horns with the Mumbai Indians.

The Mumbai side were missing kingpin Sachin Tendulkar and the West Indies duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, but the likes of JP Duminy, Zaheer Khan and Dilhara Fernando provided the star appeal.

Duminy made a dashing half-century in the Indians’ 15-run win, but the workout was far more important than the result.

Ahmed Amla’s innocuous dobblers snared three wickets, and the Dolphins certainly did not embarass themselves in falling a few mighty blows short of a win.

Inland star Glen Addicott chipped in with a sprightly 38, giving the Durban franchise more evidence of his pure striking ability.

The Dolphins will tackle the Chennai Superkings today in Chatsworth, before squaring up again on Wednesday morning against the same side.

Chennai, with the likes of Matthew Hayden, Doug Bollinger and Muttiah Muralitharan in tow, will be looking to build towards a strong showing in the Champions League.

For coach Graham Ford and his young squad, the matches will be a handy look into the next level.

Unfortunately, these matches are not open to the public, as the visiting sides are still working on their combinations and game-plans.

The Dolphins are also gearing up for the domestic campaign, and they will step things up next week when they host the Cape Cobras in a four-day friendly at the Maritzburg Oval.

With David Miller and Hashim Amla set to return for that, the Dolphins won’t be short of a few star attractions themselves.


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