The Sunfoil Dolphins have produced a below- average performance in their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras. Their total of 134 was built around an exhilirating knock from English international Ravi Bopara after some tight bowling up front.
After winning the toss on a hot Cape Town afternoon, Daryn Smit chose to bat first. On a slowing pitch, Charl Langeveldt and Beuren Hendricks kept things tight up front. Khaya Zondo edged the very first ball from Langeveldt to Owais Shah at slip, but it went through his hands, but Jonathan Vandiardeparted a few balls later to a controversial leg before decision. Zondo and cody Chetty followed him in short order, both trying to hit Hendricks out of the ground.
With the Dolphins in trouble at 22 for three, the experienced duo of Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Bopara rebuilt the innings. They speeded up as the overs ran out, adding 84 off 80 balls. Their partnership was both a new record for the franchise and at the ground. Van Jaarsveld had a momeseant of good fortune when he was bowled by Hendricks on ten, but it was ruled a no-ball after a review. He went on to score 36 off 43 balls, but Bopara was the star turn with 60 off just 44 balls, including three fours and three huge sixes. He was run out by some smart fielding by wicket-keeper Dane Vilas from the last ball of the innings.
Langeveldt and Hendricks each finished with a brace of wickets, while Azhar Mahmood had a much improved performance. Dane Piedt and Johann Louw went wicketless, but dried up the runs in the middle of the innings as they each went at just over four to the over.
The target of 135 is defendable, but will need some good bowling from the Dolphins against the powerful Cobras batting line-up.