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Dolphins vs Titans, Match #17, CSA T20 challenge
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg
April 20, 2019; 13:30 IST
The City Oval at Pietermaritzburg will host the 17th match of the CSA T20 challenge. The match between the Dolphins and the Titans will be the only match played at the venue this season. The pitch is expected to assist the batsmen, while the pacers could get some purchase off the surface early on in the innings.
Both the Titans and the Dolphins are in the bottom half of the points table, having struggled to add points to their kitty. Dolphins sit in the fifth spot with eight points from five games while the Titans sit just above them on the table, having picked up one additional point.
Both teams will look to register a win in order to climb up the ladder, but rain may play spoilsport once again.
Head to Head
Titans won: 13 (52%)
Dolphins won: 8 (32%)
NR: 4 (16%)
Recent form (most recent first):
Dolphins: NR, L, NR, L, W (Worst form)
Titans: L, NR, NR, W, L (Bad form)
Last game’s playing XI and expected changes
Morne van Wyk (wk), Robbie Frylinck, Prenelan Subrayen, Cody Chetty, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo (c), Sibonelo Makhanya, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marques Ackerman
Expected changes: None
Henry Davids, Farhaan Behardien (c), Theunis de Bruyn, Diego Rosier, Shaun von Berg, Junior Dala, Grant Thomson, Eldred Hawken, Tony de Zorzi, Gregory Mahlokwana, Rubin Hermann (wk)
Expected changes: None
My Dream XI
Morne Van Wyk is a seasoned campaigner who has played over 150 T20 games and scored his runs at an average of over 30. In the ongoing tournament, he has got starts in two out of the three innings he has played but failed to convert them into large scores. He will be looking to rectify that when he takes the field against the Titans.
Marques Ackerman has been doing well across all formats for Dolphins of late and in the CSA T20 challenge, he has scores of 16, 25 and 44*. He is in good touch and will look to make it count in the game against the Titans.
Though Sarel Erwee hasn’t impressed in the three innings he has played so far, he is too good a player to be overlooked in this format.
With scores of 74, 29, 36 and 42, Theunis de Bruyn is one of the top performers for the Titans and an automatic pick in the side. Alongside de Bruyn, teammate Henry Davids gets the nod. Davids has been inconsistent this campaign, contributing just one sizable knock – 57 against the Cobras – but he is a seasoned campaigner who has won many matches for the Titans single-handedly.
Grant Thomson was in fine form in the lead up to the tournament but has received hardly any opportunities to prove himself here. He has managed to register scores of 16, 15* and 4*, and will look to add considerably to his tally going forward. His teammate Diego Rosier, on the other hand, has an average of 61.5 in the three innings he has played so far, having notched up scores of 57, 43* and 23.
The Dolphins trio of Prenelan Subrayen, Keshav Maharaj and Robbie Frylinck make it to the side alongside Titans pacer Junior Dala. All four bowlers have been amongst the wickets this tournament, while Robbie Frylinck has also used the long handle to good effect, scoring some quick runs for the Dolphins.
Captain & Vice Captain: Robbie Frylinck and Diego Rosier
Player to watch out for: Robbie Frylinck
Robbie Frylinck is capable of picking wickets with the ball and also scoring some quick runs with the bat. He has taken three wickets so far and scored a quickfire 23-ball 47* in the previous game.