Head coach Grant Morgan has earmarked the potential threats to the Dolphins, come Wednesday’s CSA T20 Challenge semi-final against the Lions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The Dolphins qualified for the decider after finishing in fourth position at the end of the 2019 tournament’s round-robin stage. The Lions, meanwhile, ended in first position.
Wednesday will bring a big challenge against a Lions outfit laden with international experience, including 2019 World Cup squad members Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius.
‘Their top order is strong, with Ryan Rickelton coming into form and then they have Proteas like Reeza Hendricks and Rassie doing well,’ said Morgan.
‘They have firepower down the order with Dwaine and Wiaan Mulder, who add that all-rounder element.
‘Bowling-wise, Bjorn Fortuin up front has kept the runs down and taken wickets, so he has been able to dictate the pace of play.’
The Lions, though, will be without seamer Beuran Hendricks. The left-armer is currently with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
‘They don’t have Beuran anymore, so you can press the button against their seam attack, but you have to pick the right moment against them,’ added Morgan.
The Warriors and Cobras will contest Wednesday’s other semi-final at Buffalo Park in East London. The final will be played on Sunday.
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