Kleinveldt finished with three for 28 in seven overs, including the wickets of Reeza Hendricks and Gerhardt Abrahams, who both departed for ducks. The Knights never recovered from the Kleinveldt-induced slump and limped to 162.
Hendricks was recently selected for the South African T20-team and has been a thorn in the flesh of the Cobras the past few seasons.
Afterwards, Kleinveldt revealed that he is slowly regaining the momentum following five months on the side-lines with a knee-injury.
“I am trying to swing it early on, as we want to strike with the new ball,” he said.
When Kleinveldt is at his best, he not only hits the deck hard, but also moves the ball both ways through the air.
Asked about his pace, the 31-year old South African player said he wants to get into the 140 kilometre per hour-bracket.
“Every game it is feeling better,” he said.
“We knew we needed to get Reeza early. He has scored big for them against us, especially in the longer formats recently.”
If you read between the lines, Kleinveldt suggested without any hint of arrogance that he is improving steadily and that he is still a work in progress. That should be an ominous warning if you are a member of the Chevrolet Warriors squad and in line to face the Kleinveldt-thunderbolts in a Momentum One-Day Cup match on Friday in Port Elizabeth.
Kleinveldt was a member of the South Afican team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League tournament of the International Cricket Council in 2013.
He also featured as a member of the South African squad in the test series against Australia in 2013/2014, but did not get game time.
“I am still a contracted member of the national squad. I do realize I need to put in some big performances for the Nashua Cape Cobras. So that is my primary focus,” he said.
Tunnel vision would be important for Kleinveldt. In an era in which Andrew Hudson and the national selection committee are rewarding performances and form instead of honouring reputation and ancient past heroics, Kleinveldt can rest assured that a series of top-performances will shorten the SA queue considerably.