Winning key moments vital against unbeaten Dolphins, says Cape Cobras-coach
CAPE TOWN. – “We are playing against an unbeaten team. Yet, we are not focusing too much on them, but on executing our game-plan and winning the key moments,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach.
The Cobras and the Sunfoil Dolphins will clash on Sunday in a crucial Ram Slam T20 Challenge match. The Cobras are third on the log, and the Dolphins are at the summit.
The Dolphins will be without Kevin Pietersen and Kyle Abbott, who has departed to India to replace the injured Cape Cobras and South African fast bowler Vernon Philander.
Ryan McLaren will return to the Dolphins-team, as will Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
The Cobras will welcome back Kieron Pollard, arguably one of the very finest T20-players in the world, whose ability to take wickets or accelerate with the bat has made him an international icon.
Siya Simetu is replaced by Pollard and misses out.
The Cobras are aware of the dry pitches up North and the importance of using their spinning resources well to neutralize the hard-hitting Van Jaarsveld, Cameron Delport, David Miller and Morné van Wyk.
Wayne Parnell is on the comeback-trail after a slight injury scare.
The South African bowler has produced some of his best spell as SuperSport Park in Centurion. It is at this fortress of The Unlimited Titans and South Africa that he took four for 25 against Australia in a One Day International match and removed Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.
If the force is with him and he is in a similar mood, the Dolphins better watch out.
“We have gained confidence from the win against the VKB Knights on Wednesday. We must make sure we continue our upward curve,” said Adams.
The Cobras Cobras squad: Justin Ontong (capt), Keegan Petersen, Kieron Pollard, Andrew Puttick, Richard Levi, Omphile Ramela, SA Engelbrecht, Rory Kleinveldt, Lesiba Ngoepe, Dane Paterson, GF Linde, Wayne Parnell, Mthokozisi Shezi.