Cape Town - The
Dolphins will welcome Kevin Pietersen back into their side for the RAM SLAM T20
playoff against the Cape Cobras at Kingsmead on Wednesday, but
coach Lance Klusener is clear that Pietersen’s return is no guarantee of
played the first half of the campaign for the Dolphins and was absent for the
second, and the impact he made is easily measured.
playing only five games, the former England star is still second on the
run-scoring charts with 364 runs - just 61 behind Quinton de Kock, who played
all 10 games for the Titans.
telling is the fact that the Dolphins won their first four games of the
tournament, but once Pietersen departed they went four games without a win
until finally beating the Cobras last Friday.
The hope for
the Dolphins now is that they have turned the corner after their horror run.
fingers and thumbs, I’d like to think so,” said coach, Lance Klusener.
we went about winning was good. The way we bowled was again excellent so I’m
Pietersen back we have some quality individuals. We just need to understand
that just because he’s back doesn’t guarantee everything. That’s important.”
addition of Pietersen, the Dolphins haven’t made any changes to the squad that
beat the Cobras, who have been dealt yet another blow.
side have endured a tournament filled with injuries and non-availabilities, and
their poor luck continued when Justin Kemp went down with pneumonia.
Ramela has been brought into the squad in Kemp’s place, and Adams is confident
that the Cobras will still have enough bowling options without the all-rounder,
even if they will miss his experience.
campaign saw the Cobras win five and lose five, and what will be most
disconcerting is that they lost both of their games last week.
we’ve played we do come into this game as underdogs,” reflected Adams.
scraped through this one, but that is in the past. It’s all one-off games where
the best team on the day makes it through.
games away, and we’ve got to make it click under pressure. We’ve identified a
few things that have added to our inconsistency and we’ll keep working on that.
The guys have just got to back themselves on the field.”
gets underway at 18:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2. Thursday has
been set aside as a reserve day in the event of a washout.
Head-to-head - Dolphins v Cape Cobras
Matches played - 22
Dolphins win - 10
Cobras win - 11
Tie - 1