The Dolphins are confident that they will have Dwayne Bravo and Cody Chetty back in their line-up for an all-important Ram Slam T20 clash with the Cape Cobras at Kingsmead on Friday. Bravo and Chetty were both absent as the Dolphins were bowled out for 82 by the Chevrolet Knights on Sunday – the West Indian was struggling with a hamstring problem while Chetty had a quad strain. Although a final call will be taken on match day, it is expected that the duo will be fit to take on one of the Sunfoil Dolphins’ main rivals for the playoff spots.
The Dolphins currently sit fourth, three points behind the third-placed Nashua Cape Cobras, who have a game in hand. “It is a big game. I think second spot is also attainable and if we win all of our games we’ll be right in there. For us every game is a big game from here on in, but it’s great that we’re in this position and that our future is in our own hands,” admitted coach, Lance Klusener. While Rory Kleinveldt and Justin Kemp are both nearing full fitness again for the Cobras, their lack of match fitness means that coach, Paul Adams, is likely to stick with the young bowling attack that has impressed him so far this season.
“I think they’ve done really well. With each game that’s gone by they’ve gained a lot of experience and they’re growing nicely,” said Adams. The Cobras have, therefore, retained the same squad from the one that beat The Unlimited Titans by four runs in Durban on Sunday, but remain wary of what the Dolphins can achieve if they hit top form. “The one thing that’s evident with the Dolphins is that they play high-risk cricket, so on their day they can be very dangerous. If it all comes together then they can post big totals, so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got all our plans in order,” said Cobras captain, Justin Ontong.
HEAD TO HEAD – Cape Cobras vs Dolphins
Matches Played 19
Cobras Win 9
Dolphins Win 9
No Result 0