Tahir back for Dolphins’ first 2016/17 home clash
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins have welcomed Imran Tahir back into
their 12-man squad for their upcoming Sunfoil Series fourth round clash
against the VKB Knights from 27-30 October at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead,
the Durban outfit’s first home game of the season.
Having started the season strongly with victories over the Warriors and
the bizhub Highveld Lions respectively, the Dolphins third consecutive
away game saw them battle against the competition’s defending champions,
the Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park Centurion last week.
The KZN Franchise will be looking for a turn-around performance against
the men from Bloemfontein this week as they look to get their first half
of the four-day campaign back on track.
“It’s great for us to have Imran again and when a guy like Immy Tahir does
come into the mix, you need to make full use of that,” says Hollywoodbets
Dolphins head coach, Grant Morgan.
“He is the best one day spinner in the world and a guy of his reputation
and his skill is going to ask a lot of questions, especially at this
“Hopefully he can put some doubt in the minds of the opposition just by
his sheer presence alone,” he adds.
Individual brilliance from the likes of Daryn Smit (121 against the
Warriors), Keshav Maharaj (13-wicket match haul in the same game) and
Robbie Frylinck (14-wicket match haul against the Lions) all played
pivotal roles in the team’s opening two results.
While he may not have single-handedly earned his team any results thus
far, Khaya Zondo can too be well pleased with his start to the 2016/17
campaign having been the stand-out performer in the Dolphins top seven to
The 26 year-old’s consistency in the Dolphins middle order has seen him
make a telling contribution of 276 runs, including three half centuries –
the third being his first innings effort of 62 not out against the Titans
last week – from just five innings at an average of 69.00.
The former South African ‘A’ batsman’s reliability has seen him play vital
roles in all three of the Dolphins’ outings thus far this season and Zondo
is eager to continue his good run this week against the Knights.
“I’m just trying to improve every single game, contribute to the team and
make sure I play my part,” explains Zondo. “Last season I wasn’t at my
best so it has been good to contribute.”
“If the team is a vehicle then in this vehicle, if I’m the clutch, then
I’m going to be the best clutch I can be.
“I’m not going to worry about what the steering wheel is doing or what the
accelerator is doing, I’m just going to do the job of the clutch and
ensure that I’m knuckling down that function of the team properly,” he
With two wins and a draw to their name already, the table-topping Knights
will be a tough encounter however Morgan believes the Dolphins have what
it takes to put in a strong showing on home turf.
“We highly respect their team as a whole but we also respect ourselves,”
“If you look at the stats, their danger does probably come in the seam
attack; the seamers have done a helluva job for them, but we don’t fear
their seam attack.
“If we can setup a nice batting platform and bowl with the same kind of
plans that we had in our first two games where our nagging attack can make
them really work hard, and then we can use Immy Tahir as we want to use
him, then they’re going to have to be at their best to nullify us.”
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins take on the VKB Knights at Sahara Stadium
Kingsmead from 27-30 October. Play gets underway at 09h00 on Thursday with
the match free for the public to attend. More information can be found at
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Morné van Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander, Sarel Erwee, Robbie Frylinck,
Imraan Khan, Senuran Muthusamy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Mthokozisi Shezi,
Daryn Smit, Imran Tahir, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo