The final and the reserve day were washed out due to rain and consequently the Cobras and the Titans were named co-champions.
A near-capacity crowd is expected at Newlands dressed in blue “to see the Cobras through”, hoping that the hosts will romp to their tenth title in domestic cricket the past six seasons.
Van Zyl said accumulation, occupation of the crease and substantial partnerships up front would be part of his focus when he sets his stall against the visitors from the North.
The Cobras mostly under performed with the blade in the second round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition, he adds.
Not one member of the top-order compiled a century to set the stage for the big-hitting middle-order to blast them to substantial totals, he explained.
His role in the final will to help rectify this disturbing trend and to ensure that Justin Ontong, Dane Vilas and SA Engelbrecht arrive after the top-order had given them a sound platform.
Accumulation or occupation of the crease doesn’t translate into pedestrian batting though, and Van Zyl is not a stroller. He can sprint if needed.
He said his ability to rotate the strike against the spin bowlers has improved the last couple of seasons.
In 2013/2014, he averaged 42.87 and scored 343 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition.
His form has been excellent in the 2014/2015-season. A first-ball duck against the Sunfoil Dolphins hardly changes that assessment.
As a bowler, Van Zyl fulfils the role of the frustrating spoiler who denies batsmen pace with his slow-medium deliveries.
He mixes it up with an out-swinger, out-swinger and even a leg-cutter and has even take a first test wicket by removing the entrenched Marlon Samuels in the test series against the West Indies.
Asked about the opponents, Van Zyl said the Cobras will focus on their own strengths and weaknesses rather than the Titans. Yet, their first assignment when bowling is clear.
The hosts will have to deny the Titans a platform by removing their top-order stalwarts of Jacques Rudolph and Dean Elgar cheaply and putting pressure on middle-order players like Albie Morkel and David Wiese.
Wiese and Morkel are hard-hitting and explosive, yet they are not overly comfortable with the role of accumulators or of just occupying the crease and establishing a platform.
The Cobras have decided to announce their final eleven only on Friday, said Paul Adams, the Cobras coach.
Shane Jabaar, the Cobras physiotherapist, was working against the clock to get the injured Justin Kemp ready, as the all-rounder is still nursing an ankle injury.
Andrew Puttick is still incapacitated due to a quad scare, but is expected to be fit to open the batting with Richard Levi.
The Cobras squad for the final is: Justin Ontong (capt), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Beuran Hendricks, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Dane Paterson, Robin Peterson, Andrew Puttick, Omphile Ramela, Mthokozisi Shezi, Mohammed Vallie, Stiaan Van Zyl, Dane Vilas.