The 32-year old fast bowler captured two for 22 in eight overs. He removed the Sunfoil Dolphins’ best batsman, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, for two and later accounted for Daryn Smit when the middle-order batsman looked entrenched at the crease and in the midst of a stubborn stand with Robbie Frylinck for the fifth wicket.
He was a deserved recipient of the man of the match accolade as the Cobras romped to an impressive 64-run win on Friday.
Ontong said Kleinveldt has the ability to swing the ball, but he is at his most dangerous when he bowls a heavy ball and nips it around off the seam.
As a batsman, he has clearly learned from his stint with Northamptonshire and stayed calm in the moment critique, transferring the pressure to the bowling attack with a late onslaught.
Kleinveldt moved back in his crease and then deposited two attempted Yorkers with disdain over the midwicket-boundary. Earlier, he also effortlessly clipped a delivery over the deep square-leg boundary for a maximum.
Ontong says the Cape Cobras won’t risk the left-arm swing bowler Beuran Hendricks, who is still on the mend from a lower back muscle injury.
Hendricks nipped out 28 batsmen in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in the 2013/2014-campaign and can be a key bowler for the Cape Cobras in the 2015/2016-series.
The Cape Cobras skipper said he is still disappointed about the top- and middle-order batting, and said taking responsibility to assemble big scores and ensuring that a major stand is not followed by a mini-collapse, are the areas that need to be rectified in a hurry.
“Losing both partners in quick succession after a major partnership has been a problem, and it has constantly cost us 30 runs per match in the Momentum One Day Cup competition. We have spoken about addressing that,” he said.