Cape Town - Kyle Abbott
and Imran Tahir will add further strength to a Dolphins side that are
back in form when they take on the Titans in Saturday’s RAM SLAM T20
Challenge final at SuperSport Park.
Tahir have been made available following the conclusion of the Proteas’ tour of
India, and will add an extra layer of stardust to an enticing final, in which
both franchises will be eager to turn their increasing promise into further
Titans have lifted the Momentum One-Day Cup in the past two seasons under Rob
Walter, Lance Klusener led the Dolphins to the RAM SLAM T20 two seasons ago.
can claim to have improved their sides during their tenures, but they also know
that winning trophies is the only way they can prove it.
nice to play in these games but nobody really remembers who comes second,” said
Klusener. “We won it the year before last so we know how to win it.
tough to go there but we are confident - we’re coming off two good games and
they haven’t played for a while, so that’s good for us. But they’re a good
team, and it’s anyone’s final.”
Sibonelo Makhanya also included, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Kyle Nipper have been
released from the Dolphins squad that held out for a dramatic win over the Cape
Cobras in Wednesday’s play-off.
will undoubtedly give the Dolphins belief, although the Titans go into the
final as clear favourites despite losing their final game of the league phase
to the side that finished bottom of the table.
Not only did
they finish 13 points clear at the top of the table, but that included a run of
eight wins on the trot - including three with a bonus point - in which they
showed just how devastating they can be.
they are determined not to feel any extra pressure as a result.
“I think the
pressure in the final is the same pressure for everyone - you’ve got one chance
to win it,” said Titans coach, Rob Walter.
“The eight games that we’ve won have
just got us there, now it’s about getting over the line.
in the cabinet is obviously great for the franchise, and the two that we’ve got
in my time here have been in the 50-over tournament, so it would be great to
win a T20 competition. I’m just proud of the way the guys have played to get
gets underway at 6pm and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2. In the event
of a washout, Sunday has been set aside as a reserve day, although the game
would revert to a 2.30pm start.
(captain), Qaasim Adams, Farhaan Behardien, Ruben Claassen, Junior Dala, Henry
Davids, Quinton de Kock, Heino Kuhn, Sammy Mofokeng, Chris Morris, Mangaliso
Mosehle, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Graeme van Buuren, David Wiese
Matches played - 19
Titans win - 10
Dolphins win - 6
Tie - 0
Result - 3