Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins ready for MODC final
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins travel to SuperSport Park Centurion to
take on the Multiply Titans in their second Momentum One Day Cup final in
as many seasons and will be eyeing a second consecutive 50 over trophy on
Thursday’s semi-final was one of the most polished performances the
Dolphins have put together this season with the bowlers doing the job up
front and the batsmen finishing off the task with ease.
This confidence against a Warriors side that trounced them at Kingsmead
earlier in the season will be key going into a final against one of the
most successful franchises in South African domestic cricket history.
Following the win on Thursday captain Khaya Zondo knows the pressures that
come with a cup final as well as playing against a strong side in the
Titans on their home patch.
“This has been a different season and I think that new things have
happened so anything can happen,” Zondo said.
“They are a good side but so are we and looking at certain statistics
through the season we have been right up there with them.
“It’s going to be a tough game that is for sure but I don’t want to
premeditate anything and they have some really good cricketers.
“It’s not often that their top five will put in a performance like they
did in the semi-final so history suggests that it is going to be a tough
game for us.”
Last season the Dolphins went to Centurion and were soundly beaten in the
T20 Challenge final but Zondo knows that this Titans outfit is vastly
“They have lost quite a few of their players from that final – it was
basically a Proteas team!
“They are always a good unit because they can manoeuvre their squad and
rotate their players well which got them to the top of the log.
“We have got some experience playing there and with the atmosphere of a
final there the guys will be much better prepared for it,” Zondo added.
Keshav Maharaj put in a man of the match performance against the Warriors
on Thursday picking up four wickets in the match.
The Proteas left-arm spinner was happy with the return and believes that
he has been in good form throughout the competition.
“I think I have been bowling well but some things just haven’t quite gone
according to plan for me in this tournament.
“With that said I have still been training hard and working hard on the
field. Hopefully I can put in another performance like this on Sunday to
help us get over the line in the final,” Maharaj said.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors:
Sarel Erwee, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Marques Ackerman, Dane Vilas, Khaya
Zondo (c), Sibz Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav
Maharaj, Eathan Bosch, Okuhle Cele, Prenelan Subrayen, Lwandiswa Zuma,
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins will rely heavily on their spin ace Keshav
Maharaj when they face the Multiply Titans in the Momentum One Day Cup
final at SuperSport Park Centurion on Sunday.
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