Only time will tell whether their foray into India for the Champions League Twenty20 has served the Dolphins well, says their coach, Lance Klusener. On the one hand, the short-format experience could aid them as they kick off their domestic season with a televised Momentum One-Day Cup encounter against Titans in Centurion on Friday. On the other, losing four straight games in the T20 competition could prove to be a chastening experience from which it is difficult to recover – something to which bizhub Highveld Lions coach, Geoffrey Toyana, has at least partly attributed their poor 2013/14 campaign.
“I think we’ll see after the first couple of games. We learnt a lot, and we obviously went with a very young and inexperienced team, so if we can bring that learning back and apply it here then it will be worthwhile. The results weren’t quite there but it wasn’t ugly. We do need to get back on the horse as far as winning is concerned, though,” says Klusener. The former Proteas all-rounder was waiting to discover whether star batsman David Miller would be available for the game after his Champions League exploits with the Kings XI Punjab, but knew he would be without the injured Ryan McLaren and Jonathan Vandiar.
The addition of Graeme Van Buuren is the only major change to The Unlimited Titans squad that was victorious over the weekend, with David Wiese still a week or two away from a full recovery from his ankle injury and Albie Morkel only expected back in January. The 170-run win over the Warriors in the Sunfoil Series has provided a much-needed confidence boost, and coach Rob Walter is hopeful that the Titans can perform better in the first half of the one-day competition than they did last season, “Even though the formats are different we certainly have a bit of momentum after last week’s result.”
The game gets underway at 3pm, and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2. Gates will open at 14:00.
HEAD TO HEAD – Titans vs Dolphins
Matches Played 22
Titans Win 9
Dolphins Win 9
No Result 4