Dolphins have a few plans for Knights

2012-02-22 00:00

Dolphins cricket

THE Dolphins hope to ambush the Knights in this evening’s T20 Challenge match in Bloemfontein, but they are likely to have their hands full with the table-topping hosts.

It is still early in the competition, but the Knights sit atop the tournament standings after a tie and a win in their two matches.

The Dolphins were far from convincing in winning their first T20 match of the season, a narrow three-run win over the Impi.

The Knights have been unscathed by national call-ups and they have one of the best balanced squads in the competition.

Morné van Wyk, Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks head up a powerful batting line-up, while Johan van der Wath and Ryan McLaren are arguably two of the best all-rounders on the domestic scene.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener is well aware of the Knights’ strengths, but is confident that his charges can match their opponents on the field.

Klusener said: “I don’ think that there is an easy game out there.

“The Knights are coming off a good game and to beat them at home is tough.

“But we have got a few plans for them and if we can keep up the intensity and make sure that we execute our batting plans a bit better we can be competitive.

“I think they could be in for a fright if we get everything right.”

The Dolphins will hope that their “gun” batters find some form in Bloemfontein.

A line-up that includes Loots Bosman, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and David Miller is quite capable of winning games in T20 cricket.

Klusener said there could be some flexibility in the batting order, but that he also wanted to make sure that the batsmen understood their roles in the team.

“The guys need to be confident in the game plans and their role in the team, but at the same time we are going to be flexible, particularly upfront, and the guys who are going to be flexible will know about that.” — MWP Media.

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