Maharaj, Khan, Dupavillon key to Dolphins’ victory

2015-03-09 00:00

KESHAV Maharaj completed a 10-wicket match haul before Imraan Khan struck a fifty to lead the Sunfoil Dolphins to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over the Nashua Cape Cobras in their Sunfoil Series match at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Cobras had been bowled out for 253 in their second innings before lunch, setting the Dolphins 140 to win.

Left-arm spinner Maharaj ended the innings with 4-87, and match figures of 10-145 his first 10-wicket match haul in first-class cricket, while young fast bowler ­Daryn Dupavillon, who claimed 4-47, was at the heart of a stunning collapse from the Cobras which saw the hosts lose seven wickets during the morning session for the addition of just 56 runs.

Khan then struck 59 not out off 123 ­deliveries with seven fours, after bringing up his half-century off 103 balls, as the Dolphins cruised to 142-2 and victory in just 41.1 overs.

Divan van Wyk and Khan had set up the Dolphins’ run chase with a 68-run opening stand off 22.1 overs.

Divan van Wyk scored 34 off 78 balls before he was bowled by a delivery from seamer Rory Kleinveldt that nipped back off the seam to the right-handed ­batsman.

The Dolphins slipped to 74-2 when ­Khaya Zondo (0) was trapped leg-before by paceman Dane Paterson.

But Khan and Cody Chetty (37 not out) settled the innings with an unbroken ­third-wicket stand of 68.

The Cobras began the day on a comfortable 197-3 but Andrew Puttick (6) was the first man to depart after he edged a back of a length delivery from seamer Matthew Pillans through to ’keeper Morné van Wyk before nightwatchman Mthokozisi Shezi (4) was bowled through the gate by ­Maharaj to leave the Cobras on 220-5.

The hosts then crumbled to 226-7 as Pieter Malan (18) was trapped leg-before by Dupavillon and Dane Vilas (6) was caught at mid-off by Khaya Zondo off the bowling of Maharaj.

Dupavillon’s second wicket trapped Dane Piedt leg-before with a full delivery with the home team on 229-8. His third came when Sybrand Engelbrecht (6) pulled a short ball to Cody Chetty at fine leg. Fittingly it was Dupavillon who ended the innings when he had Kleinveldt (5) caught off a slower ball at extra cover.

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