19 Feb 2020
Written by: Nick Tatham
First class bowling sees Dolphins home against Cobras
Durban - An inspired bowling display from the Hollywoodbets Dolphins saw
them to a 26 run Momentum One Day Cup win over the Word Sports Betting
Cape Cobras at Newlands on Wednesday.
The Dolphins made it four wins from their first five games of the
competition after defending what was thought to be a moderate 183 for
eight in their fifty overs.
On a tricky wicket the Dolphins battled through the first half of their
innings with only Grant Roelofsen getting a start as he made 40 before
nicking off to Thando Ntini.
Khaya Zondo threatened to post a score of significance for the Dolphins,
however he was dismissed for 21 with the score on 101.
At that stage the Dolphins were 101 for seven with Keshav Maharaj and
Prenelan Subrayen at the wicket.
The captain Maharaj scores an invaluable 50 not out for the visitors while
Subrayen chipped in with a crucial 28.
Their partnership was worth 66 which gave the Dolphins something to bowl
at in the second half of the match.
The Dolphins were consistent with the ball throughout and managed to pick
up wickets regularly which kept the pressure on the Cobras.
Maharaj showed his current form picking up four for 24 in his ten overs
which included the wickets of both Janneman and Pieter Malan, Jonathan
Bird and Kyle Verreynne.
Aviwe Mgijima was the brilliant lone hand for the Cobras at the death with
wickets falling around him.
He lost his final partner as Akhona Mnyaka was bowled by Daryn Dupvillon,
stranded on 69 not out.
Dupavillon finished the innings with three scalps of his own, three for 39
in seven and a seven and a half overs.
Okhule Cele, Prenelan Subrayen and Senuran Muthusamy each picked up a
wicket each to help the Dolphins consolidate their spot at the top of the
Dolphins captain Maharaj led the side to an important win and was awarded
man of the match and spoke to SuperSport about the importance of him and
Subrayen steadying the ship at the back end of the innings.
"We started well with the bat but collapsed in the middle order meant that
Subs and I knew that we had to bat out the 50 overs," Maharaj said. "I
always thought that we had a chance if we gave ourselves the full fifty
overs to bat.
"It was important that we never panicked and kept moving the game forward
because anything over 160 on that wicket was beneficial given the amount
of turn that was on offer."
Maharaj was once again full of praise for his bowling unit who were
crucial in getting them a fourth win of the competition.
"It was definitely a team effort and bowlers stuck their hand up and took
on the task when I asked them to.
"We will enjoy this win but we know that there is a lot of fine tuning to
do before we become the polished outfit we want to be."
The Dolphins now face the Warriors on Sunday at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.
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It was another vital
contribution from Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain Keshav Maharaj as he
scored 50 not out and took four for 24 with the ball as his side beat the
World Sports Betting Cape Cobras by 26 runs in their Momentum One Day Cup
clash at Newlands on Wednesday.
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