It’s the Nashua Dolphins’ momentum versus the Nashua Titans’ street smarts in the Standard Bank Pro20 final in Durban Today.
Supercricket reports that the Dolphins stared elimination from the playoff rounds in the face before reeling off five consecutive victories to turn their campaign around.
The Titans snuck into the semifinals in fourth place after winning just three of their league matches. But they rose to that occasion in fine style by defeating the previously unbeaten Nashua Cape Cobras by six runs.
As always in the shortest version of the game, offering a prediction on the outcome of Friday’s final makes as much sense as trusting in the integrity of the Zimbabwean election process. Suffice to say that this math will not be short on Kaboom.
Yusuf Abdullah has matured into a rasping threat with the ball for the Dolphins, but with Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn back in harness the Titans will hardly be short on firepower.
The peerless professionalism shown by Johann Louw and Pierre de Bruyn has helped the Dolphins avoid many a tight spot this season. Similarly, players like Albie Morkel and AB de Villiers should be able to smash the Titans out of just about any jam.
De Bruyn’s appearance in a Dolphins shirt represents an intriguing sub-plot to the central drama. He was a Titan until the beginning of the year, when a fallout with the Centurion-based franchise’s coaching and management staff prompted him to move to the coast.
“Everybody keeps asking me if I want revenge,” De Bruyn said. “The truth is that my mind is here in Durban – this is where my career is.”
De Bruyn has shown his versatility for the Dolphins by taking over Daryn Smit’s wicketkeeping gloves when the latter comes on to bowl his effective brand of leg-spin.
In fact, the KwaZulu-Natalians are probably the most innovative side in the competition. They will come up against a team that puts great store in bloodymindedness.
That’s a recipe for an epic battle, a fight fit for a final.Tweet