Dolphins aim to reach knockout stage

2017-11-29 11:20

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Rain may have washed out most of the Dolphins’ RAM SLAM T20 Challenge matches so far, but it certainly hasn’t done so to the side’s hope of reaching the knockout stage of the competition.

Those were the words of the Durban franchise’s right-handed batsman Sibonelo “Sibz” Makhanya on Tuesday as they prepared for their match against the Cape Cobras at the Kingsmead Stadium on Friday at 6 pm.

Of the Dolphins’ five fixtures in the T20 Challenge this season, four have been affected by rain, with three ending in a no-result.

Despite all that, the Dolphins are still second on the table with 10 points, but that’s likely to change after Wednesday night’s fixtures elsewhere.

Makhanya said they were confident that they could make the knockout phase in the competition, as they still have five games to play in the round robin.

“It’s been tough to have our matches affected by rain, but we have moved on from that. We can’t sit and focus on something that we have no control of. Instead, we have been working on preparing for the upcoming fixtures,” said Makhanya.

“It’s sad that we didn’t play those matches, but it has not changed our belief that we can still go all the way and do our best to win the title.

“As a matter of fact, not playing a lot of cricket like other clubs has made the guys hungrier for game time and I think that’s a good thing,” he added.

Before travelling to Durban for the Friday clash, the Cobras will take on the Warriors on Wednesday night at Boland Park, with play set to start at 6 pm.

The 21-year-old Makhanya believes the Cape outfit will be out for revenge on Friday after the Dolphins defeated the Cobras in their opening match.

“The Cobras are in a good space at the moment. They have won their last two matches, so the confidence is high and it can be further boosted if they get another win against the Warriors,” the former South African U19 national captain said.

In the other T20 Challenge on Wednesday night, the Lions will host the Titans in Johannesburg, also at 6 pm.

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