The left-arm spinner Dale Deeb finished with four for 40 in 23.5 overs and Sean Jamison chipped in with four for 53 in 12 overs as they dismantled the Cobras for 140 in their second innings.
“One of the main reasons for the loss was that we did not capitalize on good starts in our first innings,” said Shezi.
The Cobras managed 300, but the scorecard revealed that eight players reached double figures, yet only one, Richard Levi (95), completed a half-century. “We needed big centuries and big half-centuries in the first innings,” added Shezi.
“The Lions batsmen left the good balls, but capitalized more on our second-, third, fourth and fifth spells,” he said.
“And our legs were tired following those previous two matches in which we conceded so many runs (413 against the Lions at Newlands and 570/5 against the Chevrolet Knights at Paarl).
“In the second innings, dealing with the turn out of the rough against (Dale) Deeb was a massive factor.”
Shezi said a post mortem of the three first matches of the campaign reveal two alarming features that will have to be dealt with if the Cobras want to arrest the four-day slump.
“We are not taking twenty wickets per game because we bowl ten good overs, and then leak runs in the next ten. We are not building pressure.
“Secondly, we have dropped crucial catches in all three games. It was a trend in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge as well.
“Against the Lions in their first innings, we again grassed a few opportunities, while they took everything that came their way.”
The fast bowler is confident the Cobras can turn their campaign around, but said they will have to build momentum by winning a few games. We are about 50 points adrift of the leaders, and that is almost three full games.
“We will have to play perfect cricket to win it from here. It will be hard to do it,” he added.
The Lions are at the summit of the table with 61.4 points, while the Cobras are at the foot of the log standings with 14.64 points after three games.