CAPE TOWN. – “We are focused on executing our game-plans against the spinners and we also want to get rid of their kingpin, Alviro Petersen, early. We have our destiny in our hands as two of our final three games are against some of the top teams, the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Sunfoil Dolphins,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach.

The Cape Cobras meet the Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday in a crucial Ram Slam T20 Challenge. If the Cobras win this one, they will considerably bolster their chances of hosting a play-off match at PPC Newlands.

The match will also see two experienced campaigners, Robin Peterson and Justin Kemp, return to the Cape Cobras line-up.

The fast bowler Wayne Parnell is fully fit and will travel to Johannesburg in what shapes as an important game for this left-arm spearhead. If he continues his fine season, he might just strengthen his chances of making the final ICC Twenty20 World Cup squad of South Africa.

Rory Kleinveldt, Parnell and Mthokozisi Shezi will have important roles to play against the star-studded top-order of the hosts. Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen are two batting aces for the Lions.

“This is a key game for us. It is a crunch time and we need to increase our tempo and our game,” said Adams.

“We want to take care of our own destination against two of the top-teams like the Lions and the Dolphins. We don’t want to wait for other teams to do us favours,” said Adams.

The Cape Cobras middle-order has a crucial role to play in retaining the momentum once Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick are back in the hut.

If they can do that, the Cape Cobras might not have much trouble in beating a talented but inexperienced Lions-team who looks slightly vulnerable if Petersen and Van der Dussen depart cheaply.

The Cape Cobras squad is: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Richard Levi, Keegan Petersen, Lesiba Ngoepe, Justin Kemp, Siya Simetu, SA Engelbrecht, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Mthokozisi Shezi, Rory Kleinveldt, Lizaad Williams.