A feature of their play in the first six matches was that a member of the top-order contributed a century or a significant score. The Cobras were able to unleash their boundary-hitters in the death over as they still had wickets in hand.
In the final four games of the league phase, the Cobras were mediocre in this respect, added Nackerdien.
The team scored 228, 213 and 214 in their final three league games. The top-order was net as dominant as in the first half of the competition.
“As a team we know how to rectify this trend. The senior batsman occupying the crease has to bat deep and we need to establish substantial partnerships,” he added. “If it is your day with the bat, you have got to make it count.”
Andrew Puttick has been the star performer for the Cobras, averaging 72.87 in the Momentum One Day Cup competition.
Nackerdien said his fantastic work-ethic and his willingness to spend time after practice has contributed to his prolific form that has yielded 583 runs this season.
Probed about Richard Levi, Puttick’s batting partner who scored 392 runs in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge but has struggled a tad the past three games, Nackerdien said he is not perturbed.
Levi has made enormous strides this season with his technique.
As a hard-hitting batsman who endeavours to exploit the power play, it is understandable that Levi will be dismissed cheaply on occasions.
The Cobras have made the mental adjustments before the final and are keenly aware of the requirements in order to build a substantial total, he added.
Although Nackerdien’s points are well made, the Cobras middle-order will have to give Puttick greater batting support in order to propel the hosts to 250 or beyond in what promises to be a pulsating final against the Titans.