Tahir-less Dolphins face tough Titans test

2011-01-13 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins will face a stiff test of their character in their SuperSport Series match against the Titans, which starts today in Benoni.

Not only do the Titans pose a formidable challenge in their own backyard, but the KZN outfit will go into this match without the considerable talents of new Proteas cap, Imran Tahir.

The leg-spinner,a former Titan as well, has been central in everything the Dolphins have achieved this season, and coach Graham Ford has to look elsewhere for inspiration now.

“We are obviously very happy for Imran, and I am sure he will do well at the next level. But his departure leaves a massive hole, and the challenge is now for someone else to step up and perform that role,” Ford told the Witness this week.

Tahir took 12 wickets against the Titans in the reverse fixture in October, as part of his haul of 42 wickets in this season’s SuperSport Series.

He also claimed a dozen scalps in his last outing for the Dolphins, when they recorded a fine win over the Warriors two weeks ago.

Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner, has taken Tahir’s place, and he will look to provide steady support for the Dolphins seam attack in Benoni.

Hard-hitting Loots Bosman also returns to the fold, and he will be out to show that he is over the hand injury that has curtailed his season.

The Titans, missing a number of stars on Proteas duty themselves, will still have the likes of Jacques Rudolph,Heino Kuhn and the irrepressible Ethy Mbhalathi to give the Dolphins plenty to ponder.

Dolphins squad: Imraan Khan (Captain), Divan van Wyk, Ahmed Amla, Vaughn van Vaarsveld, Loots Bosman, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Quinton Friend, Mthokozisi Shezi, Devon Conway, Jon Kent and Keshav Maharaj

Titans squad: Jacques Rudolph (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, CJ de Villiers, Pierre Joubert, Heino Kuhn, Eden Links, Pieter Malan, Ethy Mbhalathi, Albie Morkel, Blake Snijman and Shaun von Berg.



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