“We have to arrive in the right mental space,” he said.
The Dolphins won the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge by two runs at Newlands in February. Justin Kemp’s drive fell agonizingly short of the midwicket-boundary.
Kemp won’t take part in the match on Friday, although he trained on Thursday.
He was side-lined for four weeks with a wrist injury and has only recently returned to the practice nets.
The Cobras attack will be spearheaded by two young fast bowlers, Lizaad Williams and Dane Paterson, on Friday.
The experienced South African bowler Rory Kleinveldt said on Thursday his groin strain needs another week of recovery.
Evan Flynt, the Newlands curator, expects the wicket to have a par-score of 140 to 150.
It might aid the fast bowlers early on, as there could be movement off the seam.
“Remember, the wicket was under covers for two days following the rain in the early part of the week,” he said.
Adams said when you compare this Cobras-team to the one that played in the Champions League Twenty20, the personnel is slightly different, but there have been advances.
The Cobras started off explosively in the first ten overs (thanks to Richard Levi) in the opening Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash against The Unlimited Titans, but also finished with a flurry (with the big-hitting Kieron Pollard being the executioner).
The bowling in the death overs was another bonus.
Adams said part of their preparation is taking the young fast bowlers through their paces about their game-plans for the Dolphins.
The Cobras squad for the Dolphins match is: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Dane Paterson, Dane Vilas, Ferisco Adams, George F Linde , Kieron Pollard, Lizaad Williams, Mthokozisi Shezi, Omphile Ramela, Richard Levi, Shaheen Khan, Sybrand Engelbrecht