“The second game was a disappointment. We had the game under control, but we did not execute certain skills,” the coach added.
Adams referred to the painful six-wicket loss against the Hobart Hurricanes. The vice-grip like control by the Cobras was released when Aiden Blizzard was caught by SA Engelbrecht off Vernon Philander in the 18th over, only for Philander to overstep the mark.
The no-ball proved to be a turning point.
Blizzard massacred the attack after that let-off. The Cobras conceded 45 runs in the 18th and the 19th over as the Hurricanes coast to victory.
But Adams is an optimist and still believes in a miraculous recovery and a place in the semi-finals, provided a few results go their way.
“There still is a possibility that we can reach the play-offs,” he says. The Cobras will virtually be playing knock-out games against the Barbados Tridents (on Friday 26th September at 12h30) and against the Kings X1 Punjab (on Sunday at 16h30) in Mohali, Chandigarh.
Adams requires his star-studded team to execute well and to learn from past mistakes.
“In the second game, we might have scored 200, but we lost too many wickets along the way. It is important not to get to a fifty and then get out. Rather score a 70,” he added.
The bowlers must execute the right lengths at the back-end of the innings and also vary their pace cleverly, said the former South African wrist spinner.
Dane Piedt, the Cobras’ off-spinner who suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Hurricanes, underwent a scan, but there has been no feedback yet and the Cobras are patiently waiting for the medical report.
The all-rounder Justin Kemp has a swollen hand and still cannot pick up a bat properly. His progress is being monitored.