CAPE TOWN. – Andrew Puttick was excited and up-beat when he spoke about the life-line given to the Cape Cobras who slipped through the back door into the semi-final play-offs against the Sunfoil Dolphins on Wednesday.

But the Cape Cobras top-order batsman became even more animated when he stressed the importance of capitalizing on flying starts and converting 20’s or 30’s into at least two match-winning half-centuries.

The Cobras are the defending Ram Slam T20 Challenge champions. They face the Dolphins at Kingsmead in a match which will determine who will meet The Unlimited Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday in the final of the domestic T20-showpiece.

“We spoke at length about our batting display, the Dolphins’ strengths and weaknesses and about our plans to win it,” Puttick said.

He said the Cobras have generally performed well in the power play, but would like to extend that into the middle period. “We generally have had flying starts, but we need to kick on.

“And we require two players to convert those 30’s into 60’s which will win us the game,” he said.

The Dolphins will rely heavily on a star-studded top-order with Morné van Wyk, Kevin Pietersen en David Miller their international power-hitters.

The Cobras possess at least four international bowlers who can rip through any top-order when the force is with them, and Wayne Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson are the most likely of those stars to inflict damage.

The Cobras have included Omphile Ramela in the group of 13 for the semi-finals against the Dolphins.

Lesiba Ngoepe practiced with a heavily strapped ankle on Tuesday at the nets at PPC Newlands, and has recovered well enough to take the field at Kingsmead.

Puttick and Peterson looked in particular good nick with the bat in their work-outs in the nets on Tuesday.

Richard Levi also had an extended net practice. Levi and Parnell would have key roles for the Cobras, and if they can get the visitors off to an explosive start, the Cobras might just force their way into their third successive domestic T20-final.

The Cape Cobras squad is: Justin Ontong (capt), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Lesiba Ngoepe, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Robin Peterson, Andrew Puttick, Omphile Ramela, Mthokozisi Shezi, Siya Simetu.