The Warriors are hopeful their captain, Colin Ingram, will recover from illness in time to lead them against the Dolphins at St. George’s Park on Wednesday.
Coach Malibongwe Maketa said Ingram was ‘man down’ on Friday and was treated in hospital as the Warriors stunned the Titans by two wickets in a high-scoring thriller at SuperSport Park.
Maketa said that the 30-year-old was still feeling low on energy on Monday, but would have a hit in the nets on Tuesday in the hope that he would be strong enough to take the field for Wednesday’s day-night clash, which will be shown live on SuperSport 7.
In the meantime, the coach has been refocusing his squad.
‘What was pleasing about the Titans game was the belief that we had throughout the whole squad,’ said Maketa. ‘It suggests that we’re in a good space, but we’re very careful about reminding ourselves that we need to take it a game at a time.
‘What happened on Friday is now gone and we need to refocus. We’ve got young players who have not really won anything, so it’s important that we keep focusing on the process.’
The Warriors will need to be at the top of their game once again, given that the Dolphins started their campaign by beating the Knights with a performance that earned them a bonus point – and was pretty close to complete.
‘There were a couple of smaller things that we need to get right – I wasn’t completely happy with our fielding, and we bowled a few too many four-balls,’ said Dolphins coach Lance Klusener.
‘We won’t be able to get away with that later in the competition. But there were a lot of positive things, and if we can build on that then we’ll be in good shape.’
Klusener expects conditions at St. George’s to be very similar to what the Dolphins encountered in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, which should be to their advantage, and has named a squad that has one change with Aya Myoli being promoted after taking a five-wicket haul in the semi-professional competition at the weekend in place of the injured Matt Pillans.