But he was rueful of missed opportunities in the field. “We could have reduced them to 40 for three, but did not take our chances. We need to improve our fielding.”
He said the Cobras require a clinical approach to extras, because one can end up bowling 23 overs instead of 20 due to Wides and No-balls.
Ontong applauded the impact of the two spinners, SA Engelbrecht and GF Linde, in getting the Cobras back in the game on Friday. He was also full of praise for the clinical finishing by Mthokozisi Shezi.
The Knights is currently in third position on the Ram Slam T20 Challenge log on nine points after three matches. The unbeaten Cobras are fourth with nine points after two convincing victories.
Asked about the Knights, Ontong said it was a very dangerous team who had their chances of beating the bizhub Highveld Lions in a top-of-the-table-clash.
Ontong expects Reeza Hendricks to be selected as opener for the Knights.
He added that a clean hitter like Andre Russell can add momentum to the Knights-team.
“We have our plans ready for Andre, but we need to execute well.”
The Boland Park wicket is usually a buffet table of boundary-opportunities for the genuine strikers of the ball. Ontong expects 160 to 180 to be a par-score.
The Cobras retained the 13-man squad that powered them to a lop-sided 8-wicket win against the Dolphins.
The South African bowler Rory Kleinveldt injured his groin on Tuesday while fielding a fierce straight drive by Kieron Pollard.
“It is a lower part of the same groin he injured earlier. He was bowling and looking fine when it happened,” said Shane Jabaar, the Cobras-physiotherapist.
Stiaan van Zyl has recovered from a leg injury and will feature for Western Province in a List A-match against Northerns on Sunday.
The Cobras squad for the clash against the Chevrolet Knights is: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Dane Paterson, Dane Vilas, Ferisco Adams, George F Linde, Kieron Pollard, Lizaad Williams, Mthokozisi Shezi, Omphile Ramela, Richard Levi, Shaheen Khan, Sybrand Engelbrecht.