Klusener: Don’t take Impi lightly

2012-02-18 00:00

THE Dolphins have lost the services of Chris Gayle for the start of their T20 Challenge campaign, but the men from KwaZulu-Natal will have to put their disappointment to one side as they prepare to take on the Impi at the Oval in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow.

Jamaican Gayle suffered a groin injury while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, delaying his Dolphins’ debut, but the men from KwaZulu-Natal still boast a formidable batting line-up with Loots Bosman, David Miller and Vaughn van Jaarsveld all capable of tearing the best of bowling attacks apart.

The home team’s bowling attack look competent, if a little thin, and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, seamer Robbie Frylinck and the ever-improving paceman Kyle Abbott will be expected to provide the firepower with the ball.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener believed that his squad was capable of making a decent tilt at the T20 Challenge title, but only if they execute their skills properly.

“It is a strong-looking team on paper, but you don’t play the game on paper. It is all about getting them to perform to the best of their abilities. If we can get our minds around getting our job done, and doing what we are paid for, then we will be alright,” Klusener told Weekend Witness.

The Dolphins’ opponents tomorrow are something of an unknown quality as a team, although the individuals who make up the Impi will be well known to the Dolphins.

The team is made up of franchise and provincial players who did not make the grade for the six franchises and they have been bolstered by a smattering of international players with former England star Paul Collingwood leading the side.

Klusener said that despite the Impi’s lack of game time together, the hosts would not be taking the visitors for granted.

“They have got a lot to prove. There are probably a few guys in that team who are a bit sore after being left out by their franchises. They are a bit of an unknown factor, but they are the last team that you want to take lightly,” he explained.

The T20 Challenge is the Dolphins’ last chance for silverware this year after poor campaigns in the One-day Cup and the four-day SuperSport Series, and Klusener said that his team was well prepared.

“We’ve done all we can. We’ve hit a lot of balls, trained hard and it’s now a matter of putting that into practice. We just want to get going now,” he concluded.

Dolphins squad: Imraan Khan (capt), Kyle Abbott, Ahmed Amla, Loots Bosman, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Mathew Hulett, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Mthokozisi Shezi, Daryn Smit, Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

Impi squad: Paul Collingwood (capt), Craig Alexander (Lions), Richard Cameron (Strikers), Ryan Canning (Western Province), Beuran Hendricks (Cobras), Dominic Hendricks (Lions), Pumelela Matshikwe (Lions), Adrian McLaren (Griquas), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands), Cobus Pienaar (Easterns), Charl Pietersen (Griquas), Siya Simetu (Western Province), Luke Wright (England), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins).

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