Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins power to second T20 victory
Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins played themselves into a strong
position in the Betway T20 Challenge when they comfortably beat the VKB
Knights by four wickets on Saturday afternoon.
Set a target of 145 to second their second consecutive win in the
tournament, the Durbanites staged a composed run chase to secure the
winning runs with eleven balls to spare, spearheaded by an unbeaten 35
from Khaya Zondo.
Zondo found support from David Miller (29) and Robbie Frylinck (24) as
they wrapped up the win that sends them to the top of the tournament log
after two days of round-robin action.
The foundation for the Dolphins innings came from a 35 run opening
partnership between SJ Erwee and Grant Roelofsen, who made the most of
being dropped in the third over.
The Free Staters felt they were back in the game when Senuran Muthusamy
spooned a reverse sweep to backward point to leave the Dolphins at 46/2.
However the Dolphins middle order thwarted all the tactics from the
Knights to try and frustrate the flow of runs, and once the required run
rate fell to a run-a-ball the cool heads of the seasoned batsmen at the
crease ensured that the result was secure.
Earlier in the day on a clear, hot afternoon
at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, the Dolphins quickly had the Free
Staters on the ropes when skipper Keshav Maharaj got the match off to a
sensational start by removing Patrick Kruger and Andries Gous in his
Robbie Frylinck tightened the screws when he had Jacques Snyman caught
at slip and then sent dangerman Farhaan Behardien back to the changeroom
for 5, leaving the Knights reeling at 21/4.
Skipper Pite van Boljon started righting the listing ship. He found some
support from Ferisco Adams, until Ethan Bosch broke the blossoming fifth
Biljon, who was struggling in the Durban humidity, found solid support
from the hard-swinging Migael Pretorius. He rode his luck, surviving
being well caught by Senuran Muthusamy when TV footage showed that
Kerwin Mongroo had overstepped.
The pair threw caution to the wind and put together 75 vital runs for
their unbroken sixth wicket stand that took the Knights to 144/5, 75
runs scored by the exhausted Van Bijon and 38 by Pretorius.
SUMMARY OF SCORE
VKB Knights 144/5 (K.Maharaj 2/18, R. Frylinck 2/11, Van Biljon 72*)
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 145/6 (K. Zondo 35*, D. Miller 29)
Hollywoodbets Dolphins win by four wickets
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Two wickets in the first over
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Keshav Maharaj set the tone for their victory over the VKB Knights
in their second match of the Betway T20 Challenge at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on
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