Cape Town - Outstanding bowling by Prenelan Subrayen and Daryn
Dupavillon helped the Dolphins make a positive start to the CSA
T20 Challenge campaign with a comfortable four-wicket victory over the Knights in Durban on Saturday.
The pair shared five wickets between them and conceded only
30 runs in eight overs as the hosts restricted the visitors to 133 for eight at
Marques Ackerman then batted with a level head on his way to
44 not out from 36 balls to help his side reach their target with nine
deliveries to spare.
It completed a comfortable win for the KwaZulu-Natal side
and helped them bounce back well following their One-Day Cup final
disappointment last weekend - they were crushed by the Titans in that
In their 20-over season opener, the Dolphins won the toss
and opted to bowl first with Aubrey Swanepoel (31) and Patrick Kruger (13)
giving them plenty to think about during an opening stand of 46 in 4.4 overs,
including one that went for 25 by Lwandiswa Zuma (1/35).
But from there, it went south on the east coast for the
Knights as Subrayen and Dupavillon demolished them.
The former ran through the middle order on his way to three
for 15 in four overs, before the latter strangled the lower order with his one
for 15 in the same ration of overs.
The Central side plummeted from 46 for none to 81 for six and
needed a 45-run seventh-wicket partnership between Grant Mokoena (25) and
Shadley van Schalkwyk (21) to get them to a decent total.
They then needed early wickets to have any chance, but that
failed to happen as Sarel Erwee (28) and Morne van Wyk (17) gave the Dolphins a
solid enough start of 39 for the first wicket.
Even though Van Schalkwyk (2/23) did his best to try and
jolt their progress - they fell to 68 for four at one point - Ackerman and
Sibonelo Makhanya (17) settled nerves with a partnership of 43 that was enough
to get them close.
Eathan Bosch (12 off three balls) then finished the job as
the home side started their campaign on the right foot.