The Momentum Multiply Titans will look to get their win account open in the Momentum One-Day Cup, as they meet the Dolphins on Friday.
After defeat to the Lions in their opening fixture, the defending champions are determined to get their 2019/20 title charge on back on track quickly.
For new coming all-rounder Dayyaan Galiem, being part of the Sky Blues dressing-room has been a revelation, and he is soaking in every moment. Now, he wants to make an impact on the park. He made an impression in the 73-run defeat to the Lions in the opening round, with a spell two for 42.
“I’ve really enjoyed being part of the team. Bowling wise, I have kept it simple and it was nice to have the guys backing me and they believed in me. They made it a lot easier to try and execute everything we’ve been working on in training. It all felt really good,” he said of the collective energy at SuperSport Park Centurion.
Assessing his own game, Galiem said that the signs were there, but he wanted to build on his promising start, particularly with bat in hand.
“I was hitting the ball nicely against the Lions before getting out to the spinner but generally I’m feeling very good about my game and my head is in the right space.”
With a large chunk of players on Proteas duty, the Titans are again looking to their depth to carry them through the next few weeks of the 50-over competition, and they will be hard pressed by the Durbanites in the next fixture.
“The Dolphins are a really good side, and they’ve got a couple of really good spinners in there and really good batsmen,” Galiem pointed out.
“They’ve also got the experience that they need so I don’t think we should take them for granted, as it should be with any team.”
The Dolphins started their campaign with a bonus-point victory over the Knights, so they have hit the ground running. The Titans will be out to disrupt that early momentum, especially against the spin-heavy attack.
“It’s going to be interesting to see if they going to go with the same side on Friday against us. The wickets in Durban are a touch slow and offer more spin, but I think we can expect a couple of spinners (to play) because it’s going to be hard for the Dolphins to leave one of them out,” Galiem said of a side that has Keshav Maharaj and Prenelan Subrayen amongst its choices for spin bowling.
More than anything, though, the Titans are concerned about their own game. It has been an intense week in Tshwane, and they will go into Friday’s fixture expecting to get back to their usual winning ways, and get the Sky Blues faithful smiling again.
“It will be nice to get a first victory under our belt on Friday and keep the momentum going throughout the tournament. The guys love playing in front of our fans, and they can expect some good performances from us,” Galiem added
MOMENTUM MULTIPLY TITANS (FROM): Heinrich Klaasen (Capt), Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Henry Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Dayyaan Galiem, Gregory Mahlokwana, Imraan Manack, Tshepo Moreki, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Grant Thomson, Hardus Viljoen.