CENTURION. – The two key moments were the way the Cape Cobras started with the ball and bat in claiming their five-wicket victory against the table-topping Sunfoil Dolphins at SuperSport Park, said Justin Ontong, the victorious skipper.
Richard Levi was at his belligerent best in his magnificent 61 off 28 balls with five fours and five sixes in setting up the win in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash on Sunday. The Dolphins struck 148 for nine, while the Cobras finished on 152 for five with two balls to spare. SA Engelbrecht keep his cool in the moment critique to guide the Cape Cobras to victory.
Arguably one of Levi’s best shots was his effortless clip off his hip off Ryan McLaren. He hammered two successive sixes off the South African bowler, and also struck 14 in an over bowled by Dwayne Bravo.
“He is such an important player for us to ensure us momentum. The only thing that he can improve on, is consistency, because it is either a duck or a 70 or 80,” said Ontong.
The Cobras reached 64 without loss after 5.3 overs before The Bear, as Levi is known, holed out to Kevin Pietersen off Dwayne Bravo.
Ontong also sung the praises of Wayne Parnell, whose four for 20 limited the Dolphins to 148 for nine. The left-arm swing bowler struck with two consecutive deliveries, removing the in-form Kevin Pietersen and Bravo to rock the Dolphins middle-order.
“Wayne has worked very hard with Paul Adams (the Cape Cobras coach) to improve his action and he has regained some of his rhythm. He is also getting his action right.
“His self-belief is returning, and with that you will see more consistent swing,” Ontong said.
“I thought Mthokozisi Shezi summed up the situation at the end of the innings superbly and was pro-active with his bowling,” said Ontong.
“Kieron Pollard was also a factor in keeping the players very calm as he knows the pressure-situations so well,” added Ontong.
Levi struck 392 runs in the 2014/2015-season and was a consistent threat with the blade, as he took attacks apart in the first six overs.
It was vintage Levi again on Sunday, as he demoralized Craig Alexander and McLaren early on, while playing a touch more sedately against the spinner Keshav Maharaj.