Dolphins hoping Pietersen can deliver glory

WHEN Kevin Pietersen left midway through the Ram Slam Twenty20 he was the top run scorer. And as he returns to action again for the Dolphins in the competition’s play-off stage, only one batsman has managed to accumulate more runs than him.

Pietersen will be back at Kingsmead in Durban from today in the hope of guiding the Dolphins to Twenty20 glory.

The coastal side will be hosting the Cape Cobras in the competition’s playoff encounter at Kingsmead tomorrow, after finishing second on the log with the Cobras close behind in third place after 10 matches.

Despite a slow start to their campaign, which saw the Titans suffer defeat in their opening match, the Centurion-based side’s coach Rob Walter remained confident that their fortunes would improve as the competition progressed. The Titans finished top of the table at the end of the round robin stages, thereby booking an automatic spot in the final at home in Centurion on Saturday.

It was largely thanks to the impressive showing of Protea Quinton de Kock with the bat, as he emerged as the only player to surpass Pietersen as the top runs scorer after amassing 425 runs in 10 innings, as well as leading wicket-taker Chris Morris’s 18 scalps that helped the Titans to only two defeats in 10 matches.

Pietersen will add a much needed boost to Lance Klusener’s side, who hope to reach another final since they last featured in 2013. They fell short last season when the Cobras beat the Knights in the final to claim victory.

The former England batsman’s presence was felt when the Dolphins won four of their first five games of the season, with Pietersen scoring two centuries and a further couple of half-centuries.

Tomorrow’s play-off between the Dolphins and Cobras will start at 6pm. The winner will face the Titans in the final on Saturday.

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