Must-win awaits determined Dolphins

Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)
Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)

Durban - The Dolphins will look to bounce back from their loss to the Cape Cobras on Sunday when they travel to East London for a CSA T20 Challenge clash against the Warriors at Buffalo Park on Wednesday.

The Dolphins have struggled to string consistent performances together throughout their T20 campaign.

“We’ve done some very good things during this competition and we had opportunities against both the Lions in Johannesburg and the Cobras at Kingsmead on Sunday, but we just haven’t nailed all three facets of the game in the same match,” explains Dolphins head coach, Grant Morgan.

“Sure we’ve got individuals who can produce individual match winning performances but I won’t be happy until we fire altogether as a unit!”

The KZN franchise’s recent loss to the Cobras, together with the Highveld Lions’ victory over the Warriors in Durban on Sunday, saw them slip from third to fourth on the log with the fifth placed Cobras now breathing down their neck as well.

With just their match against the Warriors on Wednesday and their encounter against the Knights in Durban on Sunday remaining, the Dolphins will be eager to put in a brace of telling performances at the tail end of the tournament.

For the trip to East London the Dolphins selectors have made three changes to the squad.

Sibonelo Makhanya gets the nod ahead of fellow all-rounder Mbasa Gqadushe, Craig Alexander again replaces the again injured Rabian Engelbrecht while Kyle Nipper misses out on the trip as well.

“It is really unfortunate for Mbasa (Gqadushe) to miss out; he’s bowled courageously for us and landed the ball well.

“We’ve brought in the extra seam option in Sibz (Makhanya) though, especially after Shezi took that nasty knock (amidships) on Sunday, while our three spinners - Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj and Prenelan Subrayen - give us good experience in that department should we look to line up that way.”

The Dolphins clash against the Warriors gets underway at 18h00 on Wednesday.

Dolphins squad:

Morné van Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kevin Pietersen, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen, Imran Tahir, Khaya Zondo

Warriors squad:

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