Dolphins are yet to register a win in this year's CLT20 © PTI
Dolphins are yet to register a win in this year’s CLT20 © PTI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on the Dolphins in their final league match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 at Hyderabad on Monday. KKR have been dominating, winning all their games so far, while the Dolphins have been at the other end of the spectrum. Shiamak Unwalla looks at the likely team Dolphins will field for the encounter.

Top order: Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport have been impressive without being explosive so far in CLT20 2014. Delport played an absolute blinder against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) where he hit 34 off just nine balls to get Dolphins off to a flying start. However, he failed in the other two innings he played, scoring eight and zero. Cody Chetty, who again showed potential without being fantastic, will most probably continue to bat at No 3.

Middle order: Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, and Robbie Frylinck make up the middle order. Maharaj has shown the ability to hit the ball cleanly, as has Zondo, whose fifty in Dolphins’ first game nearly won them the game. Vandiar and van Jaarsveld have oodles of talent, but neither has been able to put in a truly impressive performance. To be fair to Vandiar, he has played just the one game, and therefore shouldn’t be judged too harshly. Frylinck played the type of innings that the Dolphins needed far earlier in the tournament. His tremendous unbeaten 63 off just 27 balls nearly stole the game against Lahore Lions after the Dolphins were 93 for nine at one stage. His knock took Dolphins to within 16 runs of the 164-run target, and would have caused severe heartburn to Lahore’s supporters.

Lower order: Andile Phehlukwayo, Kyle Abbott, and Craig Alexander could make up the final three members of the line-up. With Prenelan Subrayen unlikely to play after being called for a suspect action things may be a bit difficult for Dolphins. Abbott has bowled consistently well, as has Phehlukwayo. Alexander was dropped from the last game, but could find a spot this time around.

Likely XI: Morne van Wyk(c & wk), Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Robbie Frylinck, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kyle Abbott, and Craig Alexander.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)