After a superb opening-round win in the One-Day Cup, the Dolphins travel to SuperSport Park to take on the Titans in the second game of their campaign on Sunday.
The Dolphins scored a positive win against the Highveld Lions in the opening game of their 50-over campaign last weekend. They will go into the clash without the services of Keshav Maharaj, but coach Grant Morgan knows that the rest of the squad is more than capable.
‘In a campaign like this you don’t drop players, you might have to play a certain horse on a certain course,’ Morgan said.
‘Selection is always really hard and we have some incredibly talented cricketers sitting out, considering that Sarel (Erwee) and Senuran (Muthusamy) sat out our last game.
‘Guys like that are hugely important to the squad and have a big role to play in this campaign.’
Vaughn van Jaarsveld scored a confident century, while Dane Vilas and Dave Miller both got 50s in the previous encounter. Having a player such as Vilas in form adds another crucial cog to the Dolphins wheel.
‘Guys such as Dane are seasoned professionals and he was coming off a much-deserved break where he went overseas to see his wife.
‘He was never dropped from the four-day side, but we went with Grant Roelofsen in that campaign which gave him the chance to focus on this competition,’ added Morgan.
The Dolphins have the luxury of three Proteas in the set-up for the initial part of the one-day campaign, and they have already been heavily involved in their initial success.
‘It was no surprise seeing Dave (Miller) perform well because of the form that he has had for the Proteas.
‘Andile (Phehlukwayo) was also in fine form in the series against Pakistan, and we know how good Imran Tahir is, so we are lucky to have this talent,’ Morgan mentioned.
The Dolphins travel to the Highveld to take on a side that has historically performed well in all formats of the game. Morgan is expecting it to be another good contest.
‘Last season you could have said that the Dolphins and the Titans were the most consistent sides across all the competitions, and this season we both haven’t started too well.
‘I always say beware of the wounded, talented bull. We respect the Titans highly, but they had better give us respect too,’ concluded Morgan.
Young Okuhle Cele comes into the squad with the departure of Maharaj to the Proteas.
Dolphins squad vs Titans
Vaughn van Jaarsveld
Morné van Wyk
Khaya Zondo (c)
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