Imraan Khan hit his second century in as many innings to put the Dolphins on the front foot in their Sunfoil Series clash against the Knights after day one at the Diamond Oval. Khan’s second-innings ton had delayed the Dolphins’ defeat to the Chevrolet Warriors last week, but left coach Lance Klusener to lament the lack of a first-innings hundred that could set his side up for victory. Although Khan was unable to convert his effort into the big century that Klusener has been calling for, his 127 set the Dolphins on their way to a first-day score of 251/4.
The opener shared a 168-run stand for the first wicket with Divan Van Wyk, who won the toss and elected to bat first. While Khan scored at a normal rate of a run every two balls, Van Wyk dug in with an innings of extreme patience, taking almost four and a half hours to score his 57 from 209 deliveries as the Knights attack was ground down. Patrick Botha (2/19) broke the stand with the fourth ball after tea, and gained a second reward for his six-over spell when he bowled Khan in the 80th over of the innings.
That opened the Dolphins up to the second new ball, which was taken immediately, allowing Quinton Friend (2/33) to have both Vaughn Van Jaarsveld and Daniel Sincuba caught behind by wicketkeeper Lefa Mosena. After restricting the Dolphins to just 2.6 runs per over through the course of the day, the Knights will have an opportunity to make further inroads and prevent the visitors developing a large score on day two, when Cody Chetty (11) and Daryn Smit (16) will return to the crease.